© 1994

Knowing from Words

Western and Indian Philosophical Analysis of Understanding and Testimony

  • Bimal Krishna Matilal
  • Arindam Chakrabarti

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 230)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bimal Krishna Matilal, Arindam Chakrabarti
    Pages 1-21
  3. P. F. Strawson
    Pages 23-27
  4. Keith Lehrer
    Pages 51-58
  5. Ernest Sosa
    Pages 59-67
  6. Arindam Chakrabarti
    Pages 99-124
  7. Elizabeth Fricker
    Pages 125-161
  8. Julie Jack
    Pages 163-193
  9. John McDowell
    Pages 195-224
  10. Michael Dummett
    Pages 251-272
  11. Michael Welbourne
    Pages 297-313
  12. Visvabandhu Bhattacharya
    Pages 325-346
  13. Bimal Matilal
    Pages 347-366
  14. Sukharanjan Saha
    Pages 367-384
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 385-390

About this book


Never before, in any anthology, have contemporary epistemologists and philosophers of language come together to address the single most neglected important issue at the confluence of these two branches of philosophy, namely: Can we know facts from reliable reports? Besides Hume's subversive discussion of miracles and the literature thereon, testimony has been bypassed by most Western philosophers; whereas in classical Indian (Pramana) theories of evidence and knowledge philosophical debates have raged for centuries about the status of word-generated knowledge.
`Is the response "I was told by an expert on the subject" as respectable as "I saw" or "I inferred" in answer to "How do you know?"' is a question answered in diverse and subtle ways by Buddhists, Vaisesikas and Naiyayikas. For the first time this book makes available the riches of those debates, translating from Sanskrit some contemporary Indian Pandits' reactions to Western analytic accounts of meaning and knowledge.
For advanced undergraduates in philosophy, for researchers - in Australia, Asia, Europe or America - on epistemology, theory of meaning, Indian or comparative philosophy, as well as for specialists interested in this relatively fresh topic of knowledge transmission and epistemic dependence this book will be a feast.
After its publication analytic philosophy and Indian philosophy will have no excuse for shunning each other.


David Hume Proposition Theory of Meaning epistemology knowledge language scepticism subject

Editors and affiliations

  • Bimal Krishna Matilal
    • 1
  • Arindam Chakrabarti
    • 2
  1. 1.All Souls CollegeOxford UniversityUK
  2. 2.University of DelhiIndia

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