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Buddhist Theory of Meaning and Literary Analysis
By: Mishra, Rajnish Kumar
Mishra, Rajnish Kumar
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For over two millennia, language has been one of the prime concerns in nearly all philosophical systems of India: Grammar, Mimamsa, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Jaina and Bauddha which, in turn, not only have shaped the Indian perception of
but also constitute the essential background to study the major concerns of language that have been taken up in the subsequent phases of philosophical-linguistic developments. Rajnish Mishra's book offers a fresh, in-depth exposition of the Buddhist theory of meaning (
) against this stupendous backdrop of Indian linguistic thought and also tries to show how this time-honoured theory is positioned
the current issues and assumptions in language.
Surveying the evolution of
across the ages -- especially in its four kindred perspectives, viz, the Abhidharmika, the Sautrantika, the Yogacara and the Madhyamika schools of Buddhist philosophy, the author sets out, on its basis, a cognitive-epistemological model for literary analysis and illustrates as well the applicational aspects of this model with meticulous analysis of Wordsworth's poetic masterpiece, "Tintern Abbey".
Bases, as it is, on wide-ranging primary sources, including the Buddhist philosophical-epistemological texts in Sanskrit, the book sheds altogether new light on the Buddhist theory of meaning and , simultaneously, argues against the fallacies that have cropped up around its latter day interpretations.
A work of specific contemporary relevance to the ongoing post-structuralist debates, the book also carries a comprehensive, highly valuable cross-referential glossary of "conceptual" Sanskrit terms.
Buddhist Theory of Meaning and Literary Analysis, Rajnish Kumar Mihra, D.K. Printworld Ltd., 292 pages, $20.50
Rajnish Kumar Mishra has come to have specialised interest in the theories of meaning and interpretation both Indian and Weestern, in his broader academic pursuits to locate the interface domain of linguistics, literature and philosophy. A member of the Sastra Group at the Centre of Linguistics and English, India, he has presented research papers in various international seminars and contributed articles on Indian grammatical traditions, theories of meaning and philosophy of language for several volumes.
1. Philosophy of language and competing Indian theories of meaning.
2. Reality, cognition and expression in Buddhist thought.
3. Buddhist theory of meaning (Apohavada).
4. Meaning and literary analysis: an example study of Wordsworth's 'Tintern Abbey'.
5. Conclusion. Glossary of conceptual Sanskrit terms.
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