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The Happening of Tradition : Vallabha on Anum?na in Ny?yal?l?vat?

by Sjödin, Anna-Pya

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The present dissertation is a translation and analysis of the chapter on anum?na in Vallabha’s Ny?yal?l?vat?, based on certain theoretical considerations on cross-cultural translation and the understanding of tradition. Adopting a non-essentialized and non-historicist conceptualization of the Ny?ya-Vai?e?ika/Navya-ny?ya tradition, the work focuses on a reading of the anum?na chapter that is particularized and individualized. It further argues for a plurality of interpretative stances within the academic field of Ny?ya-Vai?e?ika/Navya-ny?ya studies, on the grounds that the dominant stance has narrowed the scope of research. With reference to post-colonial theory, this dominant stance is understood in terms of a certain strategy called “mimetic translation”.The study of the anum?na chapter consists of three main interpretational sections: translation, comments, and analysis. The translation and comments focus on understanding issues internal to the Ny?yal?l?vat?. The analysis focuses on a contextual interpretation insofar as the text is understood through reading other texts within the Ny?ya-Vai?e?ika/Navya-ny?ya discourse. The analysis is further grounded in a concept of intertextuality in that it identifies themes, examples, and arguments appearing in other texts within the discourse. The analysis also identifies and discusses C?rv?ka and M?m??saka arguments within the anum?na chapter.Two important themes are discerned in the interpretation of the anum?na chapter: first, a differentiation between the apprehension of vy?pti and the warranting of this relation so as to make the apprehension suitable for a process of knowledge; second, that the sequential arrangement of the subject matter of the sections within the chapter, vy?ptigraha, up?dhi, tarka, and par?mar?a, reflects the process of coming to inferential knowledge.The present work is a contribution to the understanding of the post-Udayana and pre-Ga?ge?a Ny?ya-Vai?e?ika/Navya-ny?ya discourse on inferential knowledge and it is written in the hope of provoking more research on that particular period and discourse in the history of Indian philosophies.
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School:Uppsala universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:Indology; Logic--India--History; Vai?e?ika History; Ny?ya History; Vai?e?ika--Early Works to 1800; Ny?ya--Early Works to 1800; Philosophy--Indic; Vy?pti; Anum?na; Tarka; Up?dhi; Par?mar?a; Ny?yal?l?vat?; Vallabh?c?rya 12th cent.; H. Bhabha; D. Chakrabarty; Indologi; indologi särskilt sanskrit; indologi särskilt sanskrit

ISBN:91-554-6757-1

Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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