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Language and Mind – Volume 2

(The Classical Indian Perspective) by: K.S. Prasad

This is a two-volume project which throws light on the various problem and debates on the relation between language and mind. They analyse both the classical Indian perspective as well as the Western perspective, stating that mind is behind all the linguistic activities.



ISBN: 9788186921456
Year Of Publication: 2008
Edition: 1st
Pages : ix, 245
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500


The relation between language and mind is a fascinating area in both the Western and the Indian philosophical modes of thinking. Indian philosophers of language raise the question: How does the hearer derive knowledge from the speaker’s utterances? In the process of finding an answer, they developed some important insights into language and cognition, language generated awareness, etc. In many of their formulations the concept of mind is assumed as the background of linguistic activity. This volume throws light on various debates concerning the relation between language and mind as conceived in the Classical Indian Tradition. Papers in this volume have been arranged in three groups based on their thematic composition: (1) the inadequacy thesis proposed by the Madhyamika school of Buddhism and the Vedantins which suggests that language fails to express certain experiences; (2) the identity thesis held by the Grammarians which suggests that language is the Reality; and (3) the adequacy thesis supported by the Naiyayikas which suggests that whatever exists is capable of being known and whatever is known is capable of being expressed in language. This book is the second of a two-volume project dealing with language and mind. The first dealt with the Western perspective and the present work deals with the Classical Indian Perspective.


1. Bimal Matilal’s Navya-Realism, Buddhist ‘Lingo-Phobia’ and Mental Things
— Purushottama Bilimoria
2. Language and Mind: A Madhyamika Perspective
— C.D. Sebastian
3. Language and Mind in the Upanisads
— R.C. Pradhan
4. Limits of Mind and Universe of Language
— Godabarish Mishra
5. Language and Consciousness: The Advaita Perspective
— Meera Chakravorty
6. Advaitic Language of Sublation
— U.A. Vinay Kumar
7. Thought and Language: The Bhartrharian Perspective
— Tandra Patnaik
8. Bhartrhari on Word and Consciousness : The Advaita Perspective
— S.K. Maharana
9. Language and Mind in Grammatical Tradition
— M. Srimannarayana Murti
10. On the Nature of the Word and our Knowledge of it
— Nirmalya Narayan Chakraborty
11. The Centrality of Mind in Cognitive Process: The Nyaya Perspective
— K.S. Prasad

Meet the Author
K.S. Prasad is Reader in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hyderabad. He obtained his Ph.D. in Indian Epistemology and is teaching Indian Philosophy since 1984. He specializes in Philosophy of Nyaya-Vaisheshika and Philosophy of language in Classical Indian Tradition.
Books of K.S. Prasad