Indian Catholic Matters (2021)

Subhasis Chattopadhyay
Narasinha Dutt College (non Community College Under The University Of Calcutta)
This paper questions the veracity of Ferdinand de Saussure's theory of the genitive absolute in Sanskrit as giving rise to his erroneous theories of language. The paper begins by reviewing the received opinions about the arbitrary relationship between a sign and what is signifies. Then engaging with the works of St. Augustine and Tantric texts and reading the works of Saussure, the paper shows how higher academia has bought into Saussure's polemics which have nearly destroyed authentic philosophizing. The first title chosen for this essay was The Refutation of Saussure's the 'Genitive Absolute' as a Foundation for Interreligious Dialogue. This title was discarded because though this essay closely reads Saussure's monograph on the genitive absolute in Sanskrit, most readers would be more familiar with his General Course. But without reading his comments on the genitive absolute in Sanskrit, one cannot understand the gravity of his errors.
Keywords Genitive Absolute, Tantra, Sir John Woodroffe, Arthur Avalon, Ferdinand de Saussure, Semiotics, Signs, Linguistics  Mantra
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