Philosophy of Langua...
Philosophy of Language in Classical Indian Traditionby: K.S. Prasad
The volume throws light on various issues and problems in classical Indian philosophical tradition concerning the structure of language and meaning, particularly referring to the theories and philosophies of Bhartrhari and Nyaya and Purva-Mimamsa philosophies of language. It also involves the contemporary western perspective in the course of analysis.
Year Of Publication: 2002
Pages : viii, 238
Bibliographic Details : index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23 cm.
Philosophical query into the working of language has occupied an important place in the rich tradition of thought in India since the ancient times. This book throws light on various debates in classical Indian Philosophical tradition concerning the structure of language and meaning. Papers in this book have been arranged in four groups basing on their thematic composition. The book begins with the general issues relating to language as figured in classical schools of Indian philosophy. Papers dealing with the semantic structure of language as discussed by Bhartrhari in his Vakyapadiya follow this. The next set of papers is related to some of the important semantic notions of Nyaya philosophy of language. In this respect notions like sense, reference, proper names, meaning, etc., have figured in for discussion. The last set of papers is concerned with the import of sentences wherein papers dealing with Purva-Mimamsa are included. One of the significant features of this volume is that some of the issues and problems in Indian Philosophy of language have been approached from the contemporary Western perspective with a view to explicate and evaluate them in a better way and this would be of considerable interest to scholars and students of philosophy, particularly those involved in the study of classical Indian philosophy.
1. Language and Reality: Some Reflections from Indian Philosophy of Language
2. Word A Separate Means of Valid Knowledge
3. Religious Language
4. Grades of Holism: Bhartrhari Reconsidered
5. The Problem of Meaning in Vakyapadiya
6. Intention and Linguistic Communication: The Bhartrharian Perspective
7. Shabdabodha and the Epistemic Primacy of Sense: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Language
8. A Nyaya Interpretation of Proper Names
9. In Search of the Seed of Lakshana
10. Abhihitanvaya, Anvitabhidhana and Ananvitabhidhana: Some Basic Problems
Prabal Kumar Sen
11. Can Action be the Import of all Sentences? A Dialogue with the Prabhakaras
12. Word and Act: Purva Mimamsas Prescriptions for Heaven
13. In Search of a Sound Theory of Semantics in Indian Philosophy