COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Indian Philosophy of Language
Course Code: 
17PHL534
Year Taught: 
2019
Type: 
Elective
Degree: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Indian Philosophy of Language' is an elective course offered for M.A. Philosophy offered by Amrita Darshanam - International Center for Spiritual Studies , Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Unit I

The Problem of Meaning: Abhidha, Classes of words, import of words, Akrtivada-Vyaktivada, Jativada-Jatyakrtivyaktivada, Apohavada, Sabdabodha.

Unit II

SphotaVada: SphotaSiddhanta of Patanjali, SphotaSiddhanta of Bhartrhari, Arguments in Favour of Sphotavada, Arguments Against Sphotavada

Unit III

Conditions for Knowing Sentence-Meaning: Akanksa, Yogyata, Sannidhi, Tatparyajnana, Comprehension of Sentence-Meaning – Anvitabhidhanavada and Abhihitanvayavada

Unit IV

Laksana: Nature and Classifications, Vyanjana, The Theory of Dhvani

The Mimamsaka Theory of Bhavana and its Criticism by the Vaiyakaranas

Unit V

The Metaphysical basis of Language: Bhartrhari’s Theory of Sabdabrahman

REFERENCES

  1. N. Chatterjee. Word and its Meaning – A New Perspective. Varanasi: Chaukhambha, 1980. English.
  2. The Philosophy of Word and Meaning. Calcutta: Sanskrit College, 1983. English.
  3. Kunjunni Raja. Indian Theories of Meaning. Adyar: Adyar Library and Research Centre, 1963. English.
  4. A. SubramaniyaIyer. Bhartrhari. Poona: Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, 1969. English.
  5. Tandra Patnaik. Sabda: A Study of Bhartrhari’s Philosophy of Language. Delhi: D. K. Print world, 1994. English.
  6. P. K. Mazumdar. The Philosophy of Language: An Indian Approach. Calcutta: Sanskrit PustakBhandar, 1977. English