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Limitations of Theories of Pramāṇa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages.
2003 (English)In: Journal of Indian Philosophy, Vol. 31, 199-227 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article attempts to establish that doctrines of ‘means of knowledge’ or ‘means of valid cognition’ (pramāṇa) propounded in the Indian philosophical tradition neglect aspects of cognitive practice alluded to in earlier texts of the same cultural heritage. Textual passages highlighting the importance of experimental practice for resolving doubts call into question the total neglect of activity and practice in standard accounts of pramāṇa. Older sources are suited to cast doubt on prevalent presuppositions, as e.g. that knowledge must always pertain to things or objects and that beliefs engendered by particular pramāṇas need to be irrevocable. This underscores inherent shortcomings of a philosophical practice that neglects consideration of phenomena lying outside the scope of a current debate.

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2003. Vol. 31, 199-227 p.
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Indian Epistemology
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Specific Languages Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19807OAI: diva2:186331
Available from: 2007-11-29 Created: 2007-11-29 Last updated: 2011-01-13Bibliographically approved

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