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The Meaning of Nouns

Semantic Theory in Classical and Medieval India -- Namartha-nirnaya of Kaundabhatta

Kaundabhatta's Vaiyakarana-bhushana is a massive work on semantic theory written in India in the 17th century. Kaundabhatta belonged to the tradition of Sanskrit grammar and in this work he consolidated the philosophy of language de....read below

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Kaundabhatta's Vaiyakarana-bhushana is a massive work on semantic theory written in India in the 17th century. Kaundabhatta belonged to the tradition of Sanskrit grammar and in this work he consolidated the philosophy of language developed in the Paninian tradition of Sanskrit grammar. His work takes account of the philosophical debate which occurred in classical and medieval India among the philosophers and grammarians from about 500 bc. to the 17th century ad and primarily represents this debate between the traditions of Sanskrit grammar, Mimamsa, and Nyaya-Vaisheshika. It discusses ontological, epistemological, and exegetical issues concerning the notion of meaning as it relates to the various components of language. The present book is a heavily annotated translation of the Namartha-nirnaya section of Kaundabhatta's Vaiyakarana-bhushana, with an extensive introduction. While there are several books that discuss Indian semantic theories in general terms, this book belongs to a small class of intensive, focused studies of densely written philosophical texts which examine each argument in its historical and philosophical context. It is of interest to all students of philosophy of language in general, and to students of Indian philosophy in particular.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124604311
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124604312
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2007
  • Pages : x, 296 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 550 gm

Approximate Chronology of Indian Philosophers
Preface
Introduction
A. Artha "Meaning"
B. Logical Basis of Semantic Analysis
C. What is a Naman "Noun, Nominal Stem"?
D. Ontology of Possible Nominal Meanings

Jati / Akriti "Generic Property/Configuration"
Sattva / Dravya / Vyakti "Individual Object"
Linga "Gender"
Samkhya "Number"
Karaka "Means to Bring about an Action"

E. Functional Apparatus of a Semantic Theroy

Vritti / Shakti "Signification Function of Words"
Pravritti-nimitta / Shakyatavacchedaka
Shaktatavacchedaka
Shabda-bodha "Verbal Cognition" 
Lakshana "Secondary Signification Function"

F. Shabda itself as Artha: Use versus Mention
G. Bhattoji Dikshita and Kaundabhatta
H. Kaundabhatta's Namartha-nirnaya
I. Conclusion

Some Features of Philosophical Discourse
Namartha-Nirnaya with Translation and Annotation

Section One 
Section Two
Section Three
Section Four
Section Five
Section Six
Section Seven
Bibliography 
Index

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