Universals: Studies in Indian Logic and Linguistics

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University of Chicago Press, 23 mar. 1988 - 267 páginas
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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.
 

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Índice

The Evidence from Indian Logic
12
The Evidence from Indian Linguistics
29
The Order
32
Seven Reviews
35
Bibliography
51
Correlations between Language and Logic in Indian
59
Formal Structures in Indian Logic
73
Means of Formalization in Indian and Western Logic
81
The Concept of paksa in Indian Logic
129
Euclid and Pamni
143
ContextSensitive Rules in Panini
171
Panini Tested by Fowlers Automaton
181
part in Reviews
221
A Navya
227
H Scharfe Die Logik im Mahabhasya
238
B K Matilal Epistemology Logic and Grammar
256

The Theory of Definition in Indian Logic
88
Negation and the Law of Contradiction in Indian
109

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Sobre el autor (1988)

Frits Staal is professor of philosophy and South Asian languages at the University of California, Berkeley.

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