Buddhist Philosophy of Language in India: Jñānaśrīmitra on by Lawrence J. McCrea

By Lawrence J. McCrea

Jnanasrimitra (975-1025) was once looked via either Buddhists and non-Buddhists because the most crucial Indian thinker of his new release. His conception of exclusion mixed a philosophy of language with a idea of conceptual content material to discover the character of phrases and inspiration. Jnanasrimitra's idea knowledgeable a lot of the paintings finished at Vikramasila, a monastic and academic advanced instrumental to the expansion of Buddhism. His principles have been additionally passionately debated between successive Hindu and Jain philosophers.This quantity marks the 1st English translation of Jnanasrimitra's Monograph on Exclusion, a cautious, severe research into language, belief, and conceptual wisdom. that includes the rival arguments of Buddhist and Hindu intellectuals, between different thinkers, the Monograph displays greater than part a millennium of competing claims whereas delivering a useful creation to an important thinker. Lawrence J. McCrea and Parimal G. Patil familiarize the reader with the writer, subject matters, and subject matters of the textual content and situate Jnanasrimitra's findings inside his greater highbrow milieu. Their transparent, available, and exact translation proves the effect of Jnanasrimitra at the foundations of Buddhist and Indian philosophy.

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The second is taken to be the semantic value in that it appears in our awareness, even though it is not actionable. Thus under certain circumstances, one may conventionally adopt the position that one or the other of these objects is the meaning of a word. 96 In accordance with our everyday linguistic experience, a positive object must be taken to be what is primarily expressed by language. But an additional negative element, exclusion, must be taken to be a qualifier of that positive object. 98 Yet this modified version of the theory of exclusion elicits a further objection: “Why don’t you just talk in terms of the positive entity alone [when describing the semantic value of a word]?

Indd 38 8/20/10 4:10 PM INTRODUCTION style seem to require it, we supply the absent relata.  .  . ’”118 When it seems desirable, for reasons of either intelligibility or style, we sometimes render nominal expressions as verbal ones, or vice versa. ”119 Sometimes in order to facilitate understanding, we break up a long Sanskrit sentence into several smaller sentences in English. 120 Another common feature of more philologically oriented translations is a commitment to lexical regularity, that is, a principled effort to always translate the same Sanskrit term with the same English term.

20] A preliminary statement of the interpretation is given. 24] Vācaspatimiśra’s criticism and Jñānaśrīmitra’s reply are stated. 09] Exclusion is defined as a conditionally adopted position. 25] Criticism: Why do you say that exclusion is an element of inferential/verbal awareness but not that it is also an element of perceptual awareness? 09] Jñānaśrīmitra responds. 03] The distinction between those inferential reasons that establish positive entities and those that establish negations is justified.

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