Jonardon Ganeri

in Semantic Powers

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198237884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679544 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs


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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion on the importance of linguistics in India's intellectual history. It then sets out the purpose of this book, which is to defend a specific position in the philosophy of language: that of the late Navya-Nyāya school. Special attention is given to the work on meaning of influential philosopher, Gadādhara Bhattācārya, who developed a remarkably sophisticated account of language from within the perspective of Navya-Nyāya. The chapter concludes with some details about the life and work of Gadādhara.

Keywords: Navya-Nyāya; philosophy of language; Gadādhara Bhattācārya; Indian philosophers

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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