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Artha: Meaning

Jonardon Ganeri


This book covers śakti and artha, and specifically relates them to the significance of testimony and the epistemology of meaning in the Indian discussion. It pays attention to thinkers in the various grammatical and philosophical schools, primarily emphasizing on the school of Nyāya, whose authors entered into an extraordinary, rich and diverse discussion of the problem of meaning over a period of some fifteen centuries. It argues that their ideas speak strongly to contemporary concerns in the philosophy of language. The sections of the book correspond to schools roughly as follows: Grammarian ... More

Keywords: śakti, artha, theories of meaning, Nyāya, philosophy of language

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198074137
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonardon Ganeri, author
University of Sussex

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PART I Meaning and Meanings

PART II Testimony and Meaning

PART III The Cognitive Basis of Meaning

PART IV Special Cases

End Matter