Rule-extension Strategies in Ancient India: Ritual, Exegetical and Linguistic Considerations on the tantra- and prasaṅga-Principles by Elisa FreschiRule-extension Strategies in Ancient India: Ritual, Exegetical and Linguistic Considerations on the tantra- and prasaṅga-Principles by Elisa Freschi

Rule-extension Strategies in Ancient India: Ritual, Exegetical and Linguistic Considerations on the…

byElisa Freschi, Tiziana Pontillo

Hardcover | August 16, 2013

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This study focuses on the devices implemented in Classical Indian texts on ritual and language in order to develop a structure of rules in an economic and systematic way. These devices presuppose a spatial approach to ritual and language, one which deals for instance with absences as substitutions within a pre-existing grid, and not as temporal disappearances. In this way, the study reveals a key feature of some among the most influential schools of Indian thought.
The sources are Kalpasutra, Vyakara?a and Mima?sa, three textual traditions which developed alongside each other, sharing – as the volume shows – common presuppositions and methodologies. The book will be of interest for Sanskritists, scholars of ritual exegesis and of the history of linguistics.
Elisa Freschi is project-leader at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. After a degree in Sanskrit and one in Philosophy, she has gained her PhD on Indian Philosophy, with a thesis on the Epistemology of Sacred Texts (2006). She works on themes of epistemology, linguistics and philosophy of religion. Tiziana Pontillo is Assistant...
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Title:Rule-extension Strategies in Ancient India: Ritual, Exegetical and Linguistic Considerations on the…Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:August 16, 2013Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Scientific descriptive methods – Substitution patterns – Zero-theories – Extra-mathematical concept of placeholder – Conflict between different rules – Technical literatures in comparison: ritual and grammatical traditions – Space (vs. time) as conceptual background – tantra (simultaneous application) vs. prasa?ga (automatic involvement) – Automatic involvement and blocking of rules.