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Sabda: A Study of Bhartrhari's Philosophy of Language

 
Tandra Patnaik (Author)
Synopsis It is the first ever study of the fifth century scholar, Bhartrhari's Vakyapadiya in an altogether modern: the post-Fregean, perspective on the Philosophy of Language.  A uniquely original thinker in India's splendid grammarians' tradition, Bhartrhari overreached the limits of language analysis set by his predecessors, like Panini and Patanjali, constructing, as he did, a brilliant philosophy of language that sought to spell out, among other aspects, the subtle distinctions between the 'knowable' and the 'sayable', between 'what is said' and 'what is meant', between the semantics of 'everyday speech' and 'literary discourse'.  Sadly, Bhartrhari has, through the centuries, suffered neglect, largely because the Grammarian School never figured in the six major systems of traditional Indian philosophy.  For the first time, this monograph tries to reinterpret Bhartrhari's position-"as a philosopher," emphasizing the high relevance of his Vakyapadiya to modern Western thought.  A reputed scholar of grammar, philosophy and Sanskrit studies, the author presents Bhartrhari's analyses of language methodically, unbiasedly.  And, significantly, in contemporary philosophical idiom-with contextual focus on the views of modern Western philosophers: Frege, Wittgenstein, Grice, Austin, Davidson, Searle, Strawson and the like.  Also offered here is a lucid exposition of the Sphota Theory.  Growing from Dr. Patnaik's a-decade-long research on Bhartrhari's philosophy, the volume highlights not only ancient Indian contribution to the study of language, but the interconnectedness among its indigenous approaches to linguistics, philosophy, logic, and aesthetics as well.
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About the author

Tandra Patnaik

Tandra Patnaik (b. 1947), the author of Sabda: A Study of Bhatrtrhari's Philosophy of Language, combines in her the scholarship of both Indian and Western Philosophy as well as deep study of Oriya philosophical texts. Her interest in discovering the neglected and forgotten treasure of Indian philosophical culture finds outlet in the study of a rare medieval philosophical tradition that has so far been understood only as a form of bhakti literature. A researcher for more than 35 years, the author of four books on both Indian and Western philosophy, three edited volumes and numerous research papers, Dr. Patnaik was nominated by the Human Resources Department, Ministry of Education, Government of India, as a member of the Indian Council of Philosophical research from 1995-1998. Currently she is a Professor and the Coordinator of the Department of Special Assistance in Philosophy, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India.

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Title Sabda: A Study of Bhartrhari's Philosophy of Language
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.07.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124604088
length xvii+228p., Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 24cm.