The Prābhākara Mimāṃsā Theory of Related Designation

  • Mark Siderits
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 178)


There are three well-known accounts of the cognition of sentence meaning in Indian philosophy of language: the pure sentence theory of the Grammarians, the designated relation theory of the Bhāṭṭa Mīmāmsakas and the Naiyāyaikas, and the related designation theory of the Prabhakara Mimamsakas.1The first and second of these theories are relatively well understood. Brough, for instance, has given a clear articulation and able defense of the sentence theory.2 And the designated relation theory really requires little by way of introduction, since it is so close to what is probably the most widespread common-sense view of how we comprehend sentences—the view that we first grasp the meanings of individual words and then combine them to get a mutually related whole.


Word Meaning Mutual Relation Literal Meaning Sentence Comprehension Indian Philosophy 
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