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Sabdaoranaba: Word and Knowledge as Testimony in Indian Philosophy

Purushottama Bilimoria (Author)
Synopsis Sabdapramana or ‘Testimony’ is a formidable doctrine within Indian philosophy.  A thorough investigation of this thesis is long overdue.  What is sabdapramana (word as knowledge)? What is involved in ‘hearing’ worlds? Is the understanding derived through hearing utterances direct or indirect? Does this peculiarly linguistic understanding (sabdabodha) amount to knowledge (prama), or does it depend on certain other conditions for its truth? Further, what sort of theories of meaning, understanding, and knowledge would be required to ground a successful sabdabodha as prama, need careful attention.  It is sometimes said that Indian thinkers had no particularly interesting theory of understanding.  The present work sets out to address these issues-issues that have engaged traditional and modern thinkers alike.  Based on the classic text, Advaita Vedanta-paribhasa of Dharmarajadhvarindra (17th century), the anlaysis and arguments extend to the views of and criticisms from the Nyaya, Purva Mimamsa and the grammarian/linguistic schools within Indian philosophy, with a treatment of similar concerns in Western philosophy.  There is a compelling thesis here that should be taken seriously in any philosophy.  Long discarded as a distinct source of knowledge in Western philosophy, Testimony might be fruitfully re-examined.  This could lead to mutual dialogue between philosophy and religion, and pave the way for critical metaphysics.
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About the author

Purushottama Bilimoria

Dr. Purushottama Bilimoria, PhD is a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Deakin University and Senior Fellow at Melbourne University.  He Has held fellowships and has lectured in universities in the USA, UK, Europe, Canada, and India.  Dr. Bilimoria is a visiting professor at State University of New York, Stony Brook and Columbia University.  He is an editor-in-chief of Sophia, an international journal for metaphysical theology; and co-editor of the two-volume compendia on Indian Ethics, and the Routledge History of Indian Philosophy.  He is currently editor of "Studies of Classical India Series."

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Bibliographic information

Title Sabdaoranaba: Word and Knowledge as Testimony in Indian Philosophy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 28.08.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788124604328
length xxx+383p., Notes; Appendices; Index; 24cm.