Skip to content

The Chronology of the Upaniṣads and their Basic Ideas. Some criticisms on a recent study by Signe Cohen

Pages 405 - 414



1 Review article of Signe Cohen: Text and Authority in the Older Upaniṣads. Leiden: Brill 2008. 320 pp. (Brill's Indological Library 30.) ISBN 978–90–04–16777–3. € 89, –.

2 J. Gonda: Vedic Literature. (Saṃhitās and Brāhmaṇas). Wiesbaden 1975 (A History of Indian Literature. I, 1).

3 E. Hanefeld: Philosophische Haupttexte der älteren Upaniṣaden. Wiesbaden 1976 (Freiburger Beiträge zur Indologie 9).

4 P. Deussen: Allgemeine Geschichte der Philosophie. I, 2. Die Philosophie der Upanishaden. Leipzig 1899, p. 22.

5 P. Deussen: Sechzig Upanishad's des Veda. Leipzig 1897 [Nachdr. Darmstadt 41963], p. 204.

6 R. E. Hume: The Thirteen Principal Upaniṣads. Oxford 1921.

7 H. W. Tull: The Vedic Origins of Karma. New York 1989.

8 L. Schmithausen: “H. W. Tull, The Vedic Origins of Karma. New York 1989.” In: IIJ 37 (1994), pp. 151–183.

9 H. W. Bodewitz: “The Pañcāgnividyā and the Pitṛyāna/Devayāna.” In: A. K. Goswami (ed.): Studies in Indology. Mukunda Madhava Sharma Felicitation Volume. Delhi 1996, pp. 51–57.

10 See H. W. Bodewitz: “The Hindu doctrine of transmigration: its origin and background.” In: Indologica Taurinensia 23/24 (1997–1998), pp. 583–605, (in which several likewise not consulted publications have been discussed, e.g. H. S. Converse: The historical significance of the first occurrences of the doctrine of transmigration in the early Upaniṣads, Ph.D. Thesis Columbia Univ. 1971, and P. Horsch: “Vorstufen der indischen Seelenwanderungslehre.” In: AS 25 [1971], pp. 99–157.). For my (likewise not consulted) treatment of the concept of redeath (punarmṛtyu) see H. W. Bodewitz: “Redeath and its relation to rebirth and release.” In: STII 20 (1996), pp. 27–46. I will not summarize my two publications here and leave it to the reader to read or reread them.

11 R. Söhnen: “Die Einleitungsgeschichte der Belehrung des Uddālaka Āruṇi. Ein Vergleich der drei Fassungen KauṣU 1.1, ChU 5.3 und BṛU 6.2.1–8.” In: StII 7 (1981), pp. 177–213.

12 L. Schmithausen: “Zur Textgeschichte der Pañcāgnividyā.” In: WZKS 28 (1994), pp. 43–60. This article could not be quoted in my article on the pañcāgnividyā cited above, fn. 9, which appeared too late in 1996.

13 H. W. Bodewitz: Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa 1, 1–65. Leiden 1973.

14 H. W. Bodewitz: Kauṣītaki Upaniṣad. Translation and Commentary with an Appendix Śāṇkhāyana Āraṇyaka IX–XI. Groningen 2002 (Groningen Oriental Studies 16).

15 See V. P. Limaye/R. D. Vadekar: Eighteen Principal Upaniṣads. Poona 1958, p. 1, and Masato Fujii: The Jaiminīya-Upaniṣad-Brāhmaṇa. A study of the Earliest Upaniṣad, belonging to the Jaiminīya Sāmaveda. Doctoral thesis, Helsinki 2004 (not consulted by Cohen).

16 See my articles “Uddālaka's Experiments with Salt (ChU 6, 13).” In: Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute 72/73 (1991/1992), pp. 423–436 and “Uddālaka's Teaching in Chāndogya Upaniṣad 6, 8–16.” In: IIJ 44 (2001), pp. 289–298. For a discussion on salt in water, see four articles by W. Slaje: “Water and Salt” (I–III). In: IIJ 44 (2001), pp. 25–57; IIJ 44 (2001), pp. 299–327; IIJ 45 (2002), pp. 205–220 respectively, and “Epilegomena on ‘Water and Salt’.” In: IIJ 48 (2005), pp. 177–193. All these six publication have not been consulted by Cohen.

17 We miss an evaluation as given by J. Vacek: “The term upaniṣad in the Early Upaniṣads (In the margin of S. Radhakrishnan's translation).” In: ArOr 59, 3 (1991), pp. 255–263.


Export Citation