COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Indian Theories of Knowledge
Course Code: 
17PHL502
Year Taught: 
2019
Semester: 
1
Degree: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Indian Theories of Knowledge' is a course offered in the first semester of M.A. Philosophy offered by Amrita Darshanam - International Center for Spiritual Studies , Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Unit I

Cognition: Definition and Nature, Division of Cognitions: Valid (prama) and Invalid (aprama), Validity (pramanya): Nature, Conditions and Definitions, Valid Cognitions (prama): Classification, Instruments of Cognition (Indriya) and its’ Nature.

Unit II

The Debate on: The Nature, Origin (Utpatti) and Ascertainment (Jnapti) of Validity, Svatahpramanyavada, Paratahpramanyavada. The Debate on the Validity and Invalidity of Dream and Memory Cognitions.

Unit III

The Debate about Knowledge: Savisayatva, Sakaratva, Svaprakasatva and Paraprakasatva.

A Brief Study of Pramanas: Pratyaksa, Anumana, Sabda, Upamana, Arthapatti and Anupalabdi. 

Unit IV

The Theories about Invalid Perceptual Cognitions (Khyativada): Akhyati, Anyathakhyati, Viparitakhyati, Atmakhyati, Asatkhyati, Anirvacaniyakhyati, Satkhyati, AbhinavaAnyathakhyati and Sadasatkhyati,

Unit V

The Debate on: PramanaVyavasta and PramanaSamplava

The Special Role of SabdaPramana

REFERENCES

  1. Debabrata Sen. The Concept of Knowledge. Calcutta: K P Bagchi, 1984. English.
  2. N. Jayatilleke. Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge. London: Routledge, 1963. English.
  3. Swami Satprakasananda. Methods of Knowledge. London: Springer, 1965. English.
  4. M. Datta. The Six Ways of Knowing. Calcutta: MotilalBanarsidass, 1960. English.
  5. Satischandra Chatterjee. The Nyaya Theory of Knowledge. Calcutta: Calcutta University, 1965. English.
  6. S. Sastri. Indian Idealism, Vols. I & II. Delhi: BharatiyaVidyaPrakashan, 1975-76. English.
  7. Govardhan P. Bhatt. Epistemology of the Bhatta School of PurvaMimamsa. Varanasi: Mittal Publications, 1962. English.
  8. K. Matilal. Perception. London: Oxford University Press, 1968. English.
  9. Srinivasa Rao: Perceptual Error: The Indian Theories. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1998. English.
  10. Roy W Perret. An Introduction to Indian Philosophy. UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016. English.