Artha: Meaning

Paperback | September 1, 2011

byJonardon Ganeri

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This book examines the theories of meaning or artha. It discusses approaches in different schools of thought-Grammarian, Mimamsika, Buddhist, early Naiyayika, Navya Naiyayika, and Vedantin-highlighting the significant relationship between 'word' and 'meaning/knowing/ knowledge'. The authorprobes and explores the tension between tenets of the Navya-Nyaya school and elucidates on the important changes brought about by the introduction of modes of thought in the theory of meaning. An important contribution to the philosophy of language, this volume demonstrates that classical Indiantheory of language can inform and be informed by contemporary philosophy. This book will interest students and scholars of philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics.

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This book examines the theories of meaning or artha. It discusses approaches in different schools of thought-Grammarian, Mimamsika, Buddhist, early Naiyayika, Navya Naiyayika, and Vedantin-highlighting the significant relationship between 'word' and 'meaning/knowing/ knowledge'. The authorprobes and explores the tension between tenets ...

Jonardon Ganeri was Reader in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.58 inPublished:September 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198074131

ISBN - 13:9780198074137

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Table of Contents

List of SymbolsAcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I. Meaning and Meanings1. Artha: Meanings as Entities2. Sakti: Meaning as a RelationPart II. Testimony and Meaning3. Karaka: Meanings in Composition4. Sabdabodha: Meaning and the Structure of Understanding5. Sabda-pramana: Meaning and KnowingPart III. The Cognitive Basis of Meaning6. Pravrtti-nimitta: The Basis of Linguistic Practice7. Sakyatavacchedaka: Delimiting the Reach of ReferencePart IV. Special Cases8. Paribhasiki: The Meaning of Names9. Sarvanama: Indexicality and Pronominal AnaphoraBibliographyIndex