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  • Buddhist Theory of Meaning and Literary Analysis

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For over two millennia, language has been one of the prime concerns in nearly all philosophical systems of India: Grammar, Mimamsa, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Jaina and Bauddha which, in turn, not only have shaped the Indian perception of vak, but also constitute the essential background to study the major concerns of language that have been taken up in the subsequent phases of philosophical-linguistic developments. Rajnish Mishra’s book offers a fresh, in-depth exposition of the Buddhist theory of meaning (apohavada) against this stupendous backdrop of Indian linguistic thought and also tries to show how this time-honoured theory is positioned vis-a-vis the current issues and assumptions in language. Surveying the evolution of apoha across the ages — specially in its four kindred perspectives, viz, the Abhidharmika, the Sautrantika, the Yogacara and the Madhyamika schools of Buddhist philosophy, the author sets out, on its basis, a cognitive-epistemological model for literary analysis and illustrates as well the applicational aspects of this model with meticulous analysis of Wordsworth’s poetic masterpiece, ‘Tintern Abbey’. Based, as it is, on wide-ranging primary sources, including the Buddhist philosophical-epistemological texts in Sanskrit, the book sheds altogether new light on the Buddhist theory of meaning and, simultaneously, argues against the fallacies that have cropped up around its latter-day interpretations. A work of specific contemporary relevance to the ongoing post-structuralist debates, the book also carries a comprehensive, highly valuable cross-referential glossary of ‘conceptual’ Sanskrit terms.

  • Binding: : Hb
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601181
  • Edition : 2nd
  • Year : 2008
  • Pages : xx, 292
  • Size : 23 cm.
  • Series Number : 10

The series focuses on *Buddhism, the Dhamma *Buddhist Teachings *Philosophy/Metaphysics *The Ancient Schools: Theravada (Hinayana), Sarvastivada, Sautrantika, Mahisasaka and Vinaya (Lu/Ritsu) * The Transitional Schools: Mahasanghika, Lokottaravada, Vatsiputriya, Satyasiddhi *Canonical Texts *Mahayana & the Mahayana Schools like, for instance, Madhyamika Yogacara, Dhyana (Ch’an/Zen) *Buddhist Tantrism *Doctrine *Logic *Psychology *Esoterism * Tibetan Buddhism: History, Sects, Shingon *Buddhist Ethics *Monastic Institutions *Evolution of the Sanghas and Their Organization *Buddhist  Ceremonies & Festivals *Popular Traditions *Rites & Rituals *Symbolism & Iconography *Buddhist Architecture: Monasteries, Stupas, Caves and Other relevant Themes.

The Shastra Group at Jawaharlal Nehru University -- An Introduction 
Objectives of Shastra Group
Transliteration Chart
1. Philosophy of Language and Competing Indian Theories of Meaning
Description of Linguistic Elements
The Metaphysics of Language
Mimamsa Theory of Meaning
Nyaya Theory of Meaning
Jaina Theory of Meaning
Buddhist Theory of Meaning
2. Reality, Cognition and Expression in Buddhist Thought
Vaibhashika System
Sautrantika School
Yogacara-Vijnanavada School
Madhyamika School
3. Buddhist Theory of Meaning (Apohavada)
Bhamaha: (Text: Kavyalamkara Chapter Vi)
Kumarilabhatta (Text Shlokavarttika/Section on Apohavada)
Uddyotakara (Text: Nyaya Varttikam)
Vacaspati Mishra (Text: Nyaya Varttika Tatparya Tika)
4. Meaning and Literary Analysis: An Example Study of ‘Tintern Abbey
Alaya-Vijnana and Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’
Alaya-Vijnana (‘Store-House Consciousness’)
Mana/Klishta Manovijnana (Conceptual Domain of Intellection)
Reading of Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ in Buddhist Epistemology
Constitution of Meaning in ‘Tintern Abbey’ an Example Analysis in Buddhist Theory of Meaning
5. Conclusion
A Glossary of Conceptual Sanskrit Terms

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