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Mind and Cognition An Interdisciplinary Sharing

Essays in honour of Amita Chatterjee by: Kuntala Bhattacharya , Smita Sirker , Madhucchanda Sen

This volume, a tribute to Prof. Amita Chatterjee, features the views of forty scholars across the globe on major philosophical areas like Fusion Philosophy, Mind and Cognition, Mind and Perception, Mind and Language, Logic, and Indian Philosophy along with the autobiography of Chatterjee and her response to the contributions of those scholars.

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ISBN: 9788124609507 (Set)
Year Of Publication: 2019
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : xiv, 923
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 1900

Overview

“Knowing one’s tradition is important; but only when tradition is not presented as fossilised but as continuous with our present-day living. In most places we do not make enough effort to show the link between the classical philosophical thoughts and the contemporary world view. We need to show that we can still meaningfully interact with the classical philosophical systems”, writes Amita Chatterjee in her seminal essay “In Search of Counterpoints”. This volume is dedicated in her honour. “Knowing one’s tradition is important; but only when tradition is not presented as fossilised but as continuous with our present-day living. In most places we do not make enough effort to show the link between the classical philosophical thoughts and the contemporary world view. We need to show that we can still meaningfully interact with the classical philosophical systems”, writes Amita Chatterjee in her seminal essay “In Search of Counterpoints”. This volume is dedicated in her honour. Chatterjee belongs to a genre of philosophers,  who have as part of their cultural heritage, like Raghunath Siromani and Immanuel Kant. Chatterjee, in addition to breaking cultural boundaries, desired to break boundaries that have kept professional disciplines apart. She deeply believes that there are certain basic questions that are questions not for any specific discipline. These questions, she thinks, could not be answered by remaining within one single discipline. It is no surprise that she was the founder of the first Cognitive Science Centre in India. Responding to her multifaceted academic talent, forty academics from diverse disciplines and from all over the world have contributed papers to this volume. The major areas of Chatterjee’s interest that feature in this volume are: (i) Fusion Philosophy, (ii) Mind and Cognition, (iii) Mind and Perception, (iv) Mind and Language, (v) Logic and Vagueness, (vi) Logic, (vii) Indian Philosophy, and (viii) Philosophy, Society and Popular Culture. Chatterjee’s intellectual autobiography and her responses to each of the papers are parts of this volume.

ISBN 9788124609514 (vol. 1) 

ISBN 9788124609521 (vol. 2)

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Volume I

My Philosophical Journey

Amita Chatterjee

Part 1 : Fusion Philosophy

1. Local Norms : The Priority of the Particular

Jonardon Ganeri

2. Sowing the Seeds of Physical and Moral Consequences : Causal Attribution and Moral Responsibility

Smita Sirker

3. Vyapti and Necessity

Sundar Sarukkai

4. Simulation and Meditation

Maushumi Guha

5. Ashtanga Yoga in Synergy with Medical Science

Uma Dhar

Part 2 : Mind and Cognition

6. The Qualitative and the Intentional Contents of Consciousness

Manidipa Sen

7. On Being No One : The Idea of a Perspectiveless Self

Bijoy H. Boruah

8. I Do Therefore I Am : What Agentive Self-awareness Teaches Us about the Unity of Consciousness

Nivedita Gangopadhyay

9. Aspects, Insights and Creativity

 — Anirban Mukherjee

10. Mental Image and Its Relevance in the Human Cognitive System

Lopamudra Choudhury

11. Control of Emotional State-transitions by Audio-Visual Stimulus Using Fuzzy Automata

Aruna Chakraborty, Anisha Halder and Amit Konar

Part 3 : Mind and Perception

12. Dinnaga’s Definition of Perception : A Review

Kuntala Bhattacharya

13. Perception of Sensible Qualities : A Problem for the Nyaya Epistemologists

Srilekha Datta

14. The Problem of Perception and the Common Element Thesis : A Critique

Madhucchanda Sen

15. In Search of a Genuine Smell Illusion : Olfactory Phenomenology and the Representational Theory of Perception

Nalini Bhushan

Part 4 : Mind and Language

16. Thinking with Words : In Search of a Global Theory of the Mind–Language Interface

R.C. Pradhan

17. Things Wrong with Perry’s Account of Attitudes De Se

Arthur Falk

18. Silent Words: Semiotic Assemblages as Bridges to the Semantics–Pragmatics Divide in Communication

Rolla Das, Rajesh Kasturirangan and Anindya Sinha

19. Conversations and Other Illocutionary Act Successions

Probal Dasgupta

Volume II

Part 5 : Logic and Vagueness

20. Vagueness : A Case for Degrees of Truth

Sanjukta Basu

21. Making Sense of Vagueness as a Fuzzy Idea

 — Prajit Basu

22. Soft Truth, Soft Consequence and Soft Computing

Mihir Kumar Chakraborty and Zhao Chuan

23. Where Vagueness Is a Virtue

Shefali Moitra

24. Vagueness and God

Nirmalya Narayan Chakraborty

Part 6 : Logic

25. Salmon’s Guise or Fregean Sinn?

Shyamasree Bhattacharya

26. A Transcendental Argument for Essentialism

Indrani Sanyal

Part 7 : Indian Philosophy

27. Some Musings on Dharma as Moral Value in Indian Philosophy

Tara Chatterjea

28. Dinnaga’s Reflexivity Thesis

Mark Siderits

29. Svaprakashatva Character of Cognition after Bhartrihari

Madhumita Chattopadhyay

30. Doctrine of Epistemic Perspectives (Nayavada) : A Critical Re-Assessment

Tushar Kanti Sarkar 

31. Is Tense Real? A Nyaya–Buddhist Controversy

Maitreyee Datta

32. On Definition

Ratna Dutta Sharma

Part 8: Philosophy, Society and Popular Culture

33. Philosophy and Hindi Cinema: Not a Theory of Hindi Cinema

Sharad Deshpande

34. Why Do We Practise Vrata? Looking at the Issue from Feminist Point of View

Sebanti Bhattacharya

Responses

Amita Chatterjee

A Bibliography of Writings of Amita Chatterjee

Contributors

Index

Meet the Author
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Kuntala Bhattacharya has taught at Vidyasagar University and Rabindra Bharati University. She has written extensively on Buddhist Epistemology and Nyaya, among which the essay “Some Issues in Buddhist Logic”, co-authored by Pradeep P. Gokhale, in Handbook of Logical Thought in India, ed. Sundar Sarukkai, is worthy of special mention.
Books of Kuntala Bhattacharya
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Smita Sirker has taught at Jadavpur University and Jawarharlal Nehru University. She has written extensively on Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, and Moral Reasoning. Her major articles are “Aspects of Mathematical Pluralism” (Journal of Mathematics and Culture, 2016), “Gettier Across Cultures” (No©us, 2015), “Dinnaga and Mental Models: A Reconstruction” (Philosophy East and West, 2010) and “Is Belief in Free Will a Cultural Universal?” (Mind and Language, 2010). She is the co-author of Mental Reasoning: Experiments and Theories.
Books of Smita Sirker
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Madhucchanda Sen has taught at Rabindra Bharati University and Jadavpur University and is the author of Externalism and the Mental, Logic Introduction to Critical Thinking and has co-edited Experiencing Self, Knowledge, Truth and Reality: Essays in Philosophical Analysis, a collection of articles by Pranab Kumar Sen, and Empiricism and the Two Dogmas.
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