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Buddhist Theory of Meaning and Literary Analysis

R.K. Mishra (Author) Emerging Perceptions in Buddhist Studies

For over two millennia, language has been one of the prime concerns in nearly all philosophical systems of India: Grammar, Mimamsa, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Jaina and Bauddha which, in turn, not only have shaped the Indian perception of vak, but also constitute the essential back ground to study the major concerns of language that have been taken up in the subsequent phases of philosophical linguistic developments. Rajnish Mishra's book offer a fresh, indepth exposition of the Buddhist theory of meaning against this stupendous backdrop of Indian linguistic thought and also tries to show how this time honoured theory is positioned vis-à-vis the current issues and a assumptions in language.

Surveying the evolution of apoha across the ages-specially in its four kindred perspective, viz, the Abhidharmika, the Sautrantika schools of Buddhist philosophy, the author sets out, on its Basis, a cognitive-epistemological model for literary analysis and illustrates as well as the applicational aspects of this model with meticulous analysis of Wordsworth's poetic masterpiece, Tintern Abbey.

Based, as it is, on Wide-ranging primary sources, including the Buddhist philosophical-epistemological texts in Sanskrit, the book sheds altogether new light on the Buddhist theory of meaning and, simultaneously, argues against the fallacies that have cropped up around its latter-day interpretations.

A work of specific contemporary relevance to the ongoing post-structuralist debates, the book also carries a comprehensive, highly valuable cross-referential glossary of conceptual Sanskrit terms.

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About the author

R.K. Mishra

R.K. Mishra is currently Professor and Dean (Research) at the Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad. He is a graduate of International Management Programme, SDA Bocconi, Milan, Italy. He has research stints at London Business School and Maison Des Sciences De L' Hommes, Paris. He has taught at the University of Bradford (UK) and was a visiting Professor at Maison Des Sciences De L'Hommes, Paris. He was on action research at North-West Province of South Africa at the invitation of DFID, UK. He has undertaken many institutional researches and consultancy projects on various aspects of public enterprises, public systems and finance. He has been a Management Consultant to several national and international organizations including PWC and Adam Smith Commission, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Commonwealth Secretariat, International Civil Service Consortium, State Bureaus of Public Enterprises, Financial Institutions and Banks. He is Vice-President (Asia), International Association of Schools and Institutes in Administration, Brussels. He is Honorary Member on the Board of Research, American Biographical Institute, USA. He is special invitee to the Board of Governors, Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad. He has several international and national publications.

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Bibliographic information

Title Buddhist Theory of Meaning and Literary Analysis
Author R.K. Mishra
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1965
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124601186
length 292p., 8.7" X 5.7"