Authors
Sanjit Chakraborty
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
Abstract
This paper in an elementary level expresses the inevitable relation between the word and meaning from the prominent Indian philosophical trends by giving stress on Vyakti-śakti-vāda and Jāti-śakti-vāda, the two contender doctrines. The first one puts emphasis on the semantic value of a predicate whereas the latter draws attention to the generic uses of nouns. The second part of the writing underpins Navya Nyāya and Kumārila’s positions on the word-meaning reliance and the debate initiate when we look back to the question whether the word-meaning relation sounds conventional or eternal. I propose a position (śabda-vivarta-vāda) on these issues derived from the works of Patan᷈jali and Bhartṛharị, two grammarians of classical Indian tradition. They defend eternal verbum as the material cause of the word and objects. This doctrine advocates uniforism by giving up bifurcation between the word and the world.
Keywords Bhartṛharị  Śabda-brahman  Sphoṭa-vāda  Meaning  Word  Indian Grammarian
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

What is Philosophy?Graham Priest - 2006 - Philosophy 81 (2):189-207.
An Introduction to Indian Philosophy.Roy W. Perrett - 2016 - Cambridge University Press.
Argumentation, Dialogue and the Kathāvatthu.Jonardon Ganeri - 2001 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 29 (4):485-493.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Śabda in the Ancient Indian Grammarians’ Doctrines.Paweł Sajdek - 2016 - Argument: Biannual Philosophical Journal 6 (1):183-194.
Meaning and Metaphor in the Early Nyāya School.Payal Doctor - 2012 - Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion 17:38-67.
Meaning, Signification, and Suggestion: Berkeley on General Words.Timothy Pritchard - 2012 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (3):301-317.
Brahman : Indische traditie en westerse methode.J. Gonda - 1950 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 12 (4):655-667.
Word Association as a Function of Conditioned Meaning.Howard R. Pollio - 1963 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 66 (5):454-460.
Focus Below the Word Level.Ron Artstein - 2004 - Natural Language Semantics 12 (1):1-22.
A Critical Examination of Dinnaga’s Views on Sentence.Pramod Kumar - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 24:29-36.
Meaning and Linguistic Sound: Why Are Sounds Imposed on Our Minds?Abolfazl Sabramiz - 2013 - Dialogue: Journal of Phi Sigma Tau 56 (1):14-23.
Jayanta on the Relation Between Word and Meaning.Ujjwala Pause - 1992 - In V. N. Jha (ed.), Relations in Indian Philosophy. Sri Satguru Publications. pp. 147--99.
Word Meaning, Sentence Meaning, and Apoha.Mark Siderits - 1985 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 13 (2):133-151.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-10-19

Total views
121 ( #98,052 of 2,520,361 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
15 ( #52,925 of 2,520,361 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes