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Śabdapramāṇa: Word and Knowledge

A Doctrine in Mīmāṃsā-Nyāya Philosophy (with reference to Advaita Vedānta-paribhāṣā ‘Agama’) Towards a Framework for Ṡruti-prāmāṇya


Part of the Studies of Classical India book series (STCI, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Puruṣottama Bilimoria
    Pages 1-30
  3. Puruṣottama Bilimoria
    Pages 31-51
  4. Puruṣottama Bilimoria
    Pages 52-83
  5. Puruṣottama Bilimoria
    Pages 84-127
  6. Puruṣottama Bilimoria
    Pages 128-163
  7. Puruṣottama Bilimoria
    Pages 164-194
  8. Puruṣottama Bilimoria
    Pages 195-234
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 327-364

About this book


Dr PurusQttama Bilimoria's book on sabdapramaIJa is an important one, and so is likely to arouse much controversy. I am pleased to be able to write a Foreword to this book, at a stage in my philosophical thinking when my own interests have been turning towards the thesis of sabdapramaIJa as the basis of Hindu religious and philosophical tradition. Dr Bilimoria offers many novel interpretations of classical Hindu theories about language, meaning, understanding and knowing. These interpretations draw upon the conceptual resources of contemporary analytic and phenomenological philosophies, without sacrificing the authentIcity that can arise only out of philologically grounded scholarship. He raises many issues, and claims to have resolved some of them. Certainly, he advances the overall discussion, and this is the best one could hope for in writing on a topic to which the best minds of antiquity and modern times have applied themselves. In this Foreword, I wish to focus on one of the issues which I have raised on earlier occasions, and on which Dr Bilimoria has several important things to say. The issue is: is sabdabodha eo ipso a linguistic knowing, i. e. , sabdapramll, or does Sabdabodha amount to knowing only when certain specifiable conditions are satisfied. It the second alternative be accepted, these additional conditions could not be the same as the familiar Ilsatti (contiguity), yogyata (semantic fitness), dka;,k~ll (expectancy) and tlltparya (intention), for these are, on the theory, conditions of sabdabodha itself.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of HumanitiesDeakin UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Śabdapramāṇa: Word and Knowledge
  • Book Subtitle A Doctrine in Mīmāṃsā-Nyāya Philosophy (with reference to Advaita Vedānta-paribhāṣā ‘Agama’) Towards a Framework for Ṡruti-prāmāṇya
  • Authors P.P. Bilimoria
  • Series Title Studies of Classical India
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2675-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7810-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-2911-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 384
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Non-Western Philosophy
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