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Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.001.0001

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A. C. Mukerji, “Traditional Epistemology” (1950)

A. C. Mukerji, “Traditional Epistemology” (1950)

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Indian Philosophy in English

Nalini Bhushan

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Anukul Chandra Mukerji's presidential address, “Traditional Epistemology,” delivered to the Logic and Metaphysics section of the Indian Philosophical Congress in 1950. Mukerji was a scholar of Western and Indian philosophy and specialized in epistemology, with a special interest in idealism and the problem of self-knowledge. He authored two books during his lifetime, The Nature of Self (1933) and Self Thought and Reality (1938). In his presidential address, Mukerji argues against the cogency of sense-datum theories and against foundationalism in epistemology generally. He explains his views against the background of some arbitrarily selected new orientations in epistemology and metaphysics, in particular rejecting the assumption that every new reorientation in the field of logic and metaphysics necessarily represents a forward step opening the way to a hitherto unattained insight into the nature of experience and reality.

Keywords:   epistemology, sense-datum theories, foundationalism, metaphysics, logic, experience, reality, Anukul Chandra Mukerji, Indian Philosophical Congress, Indian philosophy

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