Buddhist Philosophy of Language in India: Jñanasrimitra on Exclusion

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byLawrence J. McCrea, Parimal G. Patil

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Jñanasrimitra (975-1025) was regarded by both Buddhists and non-Buddhists as the most important Indian philosopher of his generation. His theory of exclusion combined a philosophy of language with a theory of conceptual content, or, in simpler terms, an investigation into the nature of our words and thoughts. His theory informed nearly all the work accomplished at Vikramasila, a monastic and educational complex instrumental to the development of Buddhism. His ideas were also vividly debated among the Hindu and Jain philosophers who succeeded him.

This volume marks the first English translation of Jñanasrimitra's Monograph on Exclusion, a careful, critical exploration of language, perception, and conceptual awareness. Featuring the rival arguments of Buddhist, Hindu, and other thinkers, the Monograph reflects more than half a millennium of hotly contested debate along with an invaluable introduction to one of the most important philosophers of late medieval India. Lawrence J. McCrea and Parimal G. Patil familiarize the reader with the authors, themes, and topics included in the text and situate Jñanasrimitra's findings within his larger intellectual milieu. Their translation and contextualization is clear, accessible, and accurate, opening Jñanasrimitra's thought to anyone interested in the foundations of Buddhist and Indian philosophy.

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Jñanasrimitra (975-1025) was regarded by both Buddhists and non-Buddhists as the most important Indian philosopher of his generation. His theory of exclusion combined a philosophy of language with a theory of conceptual content, or, in simpler terms, an investigation into the nature of our words and thoughts. His theory informed nearly...

Lawrence J. McCrea is assistant professor of Sanskrit Studies at Cornell University and the author of The Teleology of Poetics in Medieval Kashmir.Parimal G. Patil is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and author of Against a Hindu God: Buddhist Philosophy of Religion in India.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 6, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023152191X

ISBN - 13:9780231521918

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Jnanasrimitra's Intellectual World and Its History
Jnanasrimitra's Intellectual Contexts
Philosophical Traditions and Text Traditions
Sanskrit Intellectual Practices
Sources of Knowledge
2. The Buddhist Epistemological Tradition: Dignaga and Dharmakirti
Objects and Their Status
The Elements of Inferential Reasoning
3. Dharmottara's Epistemological Revolution
4. Jnanasrimitra's Reworking of the Theory of Exclusion
Relativization of Internal and External
Conditionally Adopted Positions
5. Translation Practices
Editorial Conventions
Numbering System
Jnanasrimitra's Monograph on Exclusion
Outline
Translation
Sanskrit Text of the Monograph on Exclusion
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Lawrence J. McCrea and Parimal G. Patil havce provided us with a fine translation of a rare and difficult Sanskrit text by Jñanasrimitra, a Buddhist philosopher who lived in the late tenth and early eleventh century... Excellent... This work will remain the standard English translation of Jñanasrimitra's Monograph on Exclusion for many years to come.