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Topic #02 > A Philosophical Method Question
02.a) What are the key concepts used in the quote? List them.
Metaphysical concepts, methodological concept, the concept of fundamental unity in all
02.b) (2 points): Why can the method that Uddalaka used to teach his son about the
metaphysics of Sat by means of the Nyagrodha seed be called an experiential method
(Twelfth Khanda)? Make a point in the form of a sentence and argue to validate your
The philosophical method used by Uddalaka can be categorized as experiential because it
places emphasis on the observation plus physical interactions with the nyagrodha fruit
plus its seed. The reference and description of the functions of (the determiners) "this"
and "that" refer to the one as well as the same reality. Nevertheless, they describe this
one reality in view of two dissimilar aspects of inquiry into this reality. It is this reference
to "this" world that entails an experiential way of inquest into the immeasurable diversity
of the prodigious facets of the world. This requires a clear description and narration by
pointing out to the specific phenomena of the world. The reference to "that" world,
entails a contemplative, and reflective approach of investigation into the non-observable
(the "inner,") world of ideas. That is, concepts and notions that helps us to understand the
order plus the ultimate unanimity in the manifold phenomena, without which we cannot
achieve meaningful as well as consistent explanations of the experiential biosphere. The
father teaches Śvetaketu using practical examples of life.
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02.c) (4 points): Why can the method Uddalaka used to teach his son Svetaketu about
how to view the Nyagrodha seed be called a metaphysical method (as revealed in the
quote)? Make a point in the form of a sentence and argue to validate your point.
Uddalaka claims that only the subtle core of the Nyagrodha seed is the true Self
without distinguishing the form of the seed as its material basis. This indicates the
implication of the metaphysical as well as dualistic distinction that one can interpret to be
inherent in the view of Uddalaka about the Nyagrodla seed in particular and of reality in
general. First, the method can be called "metaphysical" since the soul of a perso...