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A Sabda Reader

Language in Classical Indian Thought

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Language (??abda) occupied a central yet often unacknowledged place in classical Indian philosophical thought. Foundational thinkers considered topics such as the nature of language, its relationship to reality, the nature and existence of linguistic units and their capacity to convey meaning, and the role of language in the interpretation of sacred writings. The first reader on language in?and the language of?classical Indian philosophy, A ??abda Reader offers a comprehensive and pedagogically valuable treatment of this topic and its importance to Indian philosophical thought. A ??abda Reader brings together newly translated passages by authors from a variety of traditions?Brahmin, Buddhist, Jaina?representing a number of schools of thought. It illuminates issues such as how Brahmanical thinkers understood the Veda and conceived of Sanskrit; how Buddhist thinkers came to assign importance to language's link to phenomenal reality; how Jains saw language as strictly material; the possibility of self-contradictory sentences; and how words affect thought. Throughout, the volume shows that linguistic presuppositions and implicit notions about language often play as significant a role as explicit ideas and formal theories. Including an introduction that places the texts and ideas in their historical and cultural context, A ??abda Reader sheds light on a crucial aspect of classical Indian thought and in so doing deepens our understanding of the philosophy of language.

Product code: 9780231189408

ISBN 9780231189408
Publisher Columbia University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H254xW178
No. Of Pages 376
Series Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought
The first reader on language in-and the language of-classical Indian philosophy, A Sabda Reader offers a comprehensive and pedagogically valuable treatment of this topic. It brings together newly translated passages by authors from a variety of traditions-Brahmin, Buddhist, Jaina-representing a number of schools of thought.