atman

Linked Glossary of Terms
(references to De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee, unless indicated)

atman NC II, 324, 326

Atman is the Sanskrit word for the selfhood. It should be contrasted with the Buddhist idea of no-self or anatman. Frederik van Eeden obtained his idea of the Self from the Hindu Upanishads. So did C.G. Jung somewhat later.

Dooyeweerd discusses the Hindu idea of atman, as contained in the Upanishads (NC II, 324, 326). Dooyeweerd compares his idea of the selfhood with atman. Insofar as Dooyeweerd emphasizes totality, root unity, and selfhood, his philosophy can be more easily compared with an emphasis on atman rather than the doctrine of anatman, which leads to a fragmented and de-centered view of the self.

Baader refers to Brahmanism. He says that the oldest Brahmanic religion has much in common with Boehme Fermenta 2, 301. It was not pantheistic, but rather

…an Anerkennung eines Menschlichen in allen Naturererscheinungen ausdrückend. (J.B. Theol, Werke 3, 361 ff)

[an acknowledgement that there there is a humanity expressed in all phenomena of nature].

Revised Aug 21/06; Dec 23/16