Universals: Studies in Indian Logic and Linguistics

University of Chicago Press (1988)
This collection of articles and review essays, including many hard to find pieces, comprises the most important and fundamental studies of Indian logic and linguistics ever undertaken. Frits Staal is concerned with four basic questions: Are there universals of logic that transcend culture and time? Are there universals of language and linguistics? What is the nature of Indian logic? And what is the nature of Indian linguistics? By addressing these questions, Staal demonstrates that, contrary to the general assumption among Western philosophers, the classical philosophers of India were rationalists, attentive to arguments. They were in this respect unlike contemporary Western thinkers inspired by existentialism or hermeneutics, and like the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and many medieval European schoolmen, only--as Staal says--more so. Universals establishes that Asia's contributions are not only compatible with what has been produced in the West, but a necessary ingredient and an essential component of any future human science.
Keywords Hindu logic  Language and logic  Universals (Philosophy
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Call number BC25.S76 1988
ISBN(s) 0226769992   9780226769998
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John Kadvany (2007). Positional Value and Linguistic Recursion. Journal of Indian Philosophy 35 (5-6):487-520.
Frits Staal (1995). The Sanskrit of Science. Journal of Indian Philosophy 23 (1):73-127.
Frits Staal (2007). Artificial Languages Between Innate Faculties. Journal of Indian Philosophy 35 (5-6):577-596.

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