Indian Philosophy of Language

Indian Philosophy of Language : Studies in Selected Issues

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What can the philosophy of language learn from the classical Indian philosophical tradition? As recently as twenty or thirty years ago this question simply would not have arisen. If a practitioner of analytic philosophy of language of that time had any view of Indian philosophy at all, it was most likely to be the stereotyped picture of a gaggle of navel- gazing mystics making vaguely Bradley-esque pronouncements on the oneness of the one that was one once. Much work has been done in the intervening years to overthrow that stereotype. Thanks to the efforts of such scholars as J. N. Mohanty, B. K. Matilal, and Karl Potter, philoso- phers working in the analytic tradition have begun to discover something of the range and the rigor of classical Indian work in epistemolgy and metaphysics. Thus for instance, at least some recent discussions of personal identity reflect an awareness that the Indian Buddhist tradition might prove an important source of insights into the ramifications of a reductionist approach to personal identity. In philosophy of language, though, things have not improved all that much. While the old stereotype may no longer prevail among its practitioners, I suspect that they would not view classical Indian philoso- phy as an important source of insights into issues in their field. Nor are they to be faulted for this.
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  • Hardback | 199 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 14.2mm | 476.28g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • VIII, 199 p.
  • 0792312627
  • 9780792312628
  • 1,879,915

Table of contents

2: The Problem of Sentential Unity.- 2.1 The Asymmetry Thesis.- 2.2 The Related Designation Theory.- 2.3 The Two Views Compared.- 3: The Sense-Reference Distinction.- 3.1 The Sense-Reference Distinction.- 3.2 The Sense-Reference Distinction In Pr?bh?kara.- 3.3 The Sense-Reference Distinction In Buddhist Philosophy Of Language.- 3.4 Related Designation And apoha Semantics.- 4: Talk About the Non-Existent.- 4.1 Are Absences Perceived Or Inferred?.- 4.2 Conceptual Constructions.- 4.3 Affirmation, Denial, And Reference.- 4.4 Talking About The Non-Existent.- 4.5 Objections And Replies.- 4.6 The Alternatives.- References.
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