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Buddhist Philosophy of Language in India: Jñanasrimitra on Exclusion
     

Buddhist Philosophy of Language in India: Jñanasrimitra on Exclusion

by Lawrence J. McCrea
 

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Jnanasrimitra (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 to explore the nature of words and thought. Jnanasrimitra's theory informed much of the work accomplished at Vikramasila, a monastic and

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Jnanasrimitra (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 to explore the nature of words and thought. Jnanasrimitra's theory informed much of the work accomplished at Vikramasila, a monastic and educational complex instrumental to the growth of Buddhism. His ideas were also passionately debated among successive Hindu and Jain philosophers.

This volume marks the first English translation of Jnanasrimitra's Monograph on Exclusion, a careful, critical investigation into language, perception, and conceptual awareness. Featuring the rival arguments of Buddhist and Hindu intellectuals, among other thinkers, the Monograph reflects more than half a millennium of competing claims while providing an invaluable introduction to a crucial philosopher. Lawrence J. McCrea and Parimal G. Patil familiarize the reader with the author, themes, and topics of the text and situate Jnanasrimitra's findings within his larger intellectual milieu. Their clear, accessible, and accurate translation proves the influence of Jnanasrimitra on the foundations of Buddhist and Indian philosophy.

Columbia University Press

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International Journal of Hindu Studies

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231521918
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/06/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
540 KB

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Jonathan C. Gold

A readable, elegant translation and introduction to a central work in a neglected area of Buddhist philosophy.

Sheldon Pollock

Lawrence J. McCrea and Parimal G. Patil have given us the best treatment to date of apoha, one of Buddhism's core contributions to epistemology and the philosophy of language, which seeks to account for thinking and language while 'excluding' real universals. In addition to their pathbreaking exposition and innovative translation of an early eleventh-century Sanskrit masterpiece, McCrea and Patil demonstrate how historical contextualization, philological proficiency, and philosophical analysis must work together if the astonishing contributions of Indian thinkers to the history of philosophy are to be known effectively.

Meet the Author

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.

Columbia University Press

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