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Language as an independent means of knowledge in Kumārila's Ślokavārttika

Time: Mo., 1. Juni 2015--5. Juni 2015 09:30-17:00
Venue: Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, Seminarraum 2
Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Wien
Organisation: Elisa Freschi

Topic

During the workshop, we will translate and analyse the section dedicated to Linguistic Communication as an instrument of knowledge of Kumārila Bhaṭṭa's (6th c.?) Ślokavārttika. The text offers the uncommon advantage of discussing the topic from the point of view of several philosophical schools, whose philosophical positions will also be analysed and debated. Particular attention will be dedicated to the topic of the independent validity of Linguistic Communication as an instrument of knowledge, both as worldly communication and as Sacred Texts.

Detailed Contents

Ślokavārttika, śabdapariccheda,

v. 1 (Introduction)

v. 3-4 (Definition of Linguistic Communication)

v. 15 (Introduction to the position of Sāṅkhya philosophers)

vv. 35-56 (Dissussion of Buddhist and Inner-Mīmāṃsā Objections)

vv. 57ab, 62cd (Content communicated by words and sentences) [we will not read vv. 57cd-62ab, since they discuss a linguistic issue]

vv. 63-111 (Discussion of Buddhist Objections)

Commentaries to be read: Pārthasārathi's (as basis) and Uṃveka's (for further thoughts on the topic)

Copies of the texts will be distributed during the workshop. Please email the organiser if you want to receive them in advance.

For organisation purposes, you are kindly invited to announce your participation with an email to elisa.freschi@oeaw.ac.at.




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