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Sanskrit and philosophy
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Philosophy of language in the Tantravārttika
Kumārila Bhaṭṭa's Tantravārttika, or Exposition on Ritual Practice , is less frequently discussed by modern philosophers than his Ślokavārttika , or Commentary in Verse (though maybe more than his Ṭuptīkā ), probably because it focuses on discussion of the ...
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Insults, Slurs, and Other Pejorative Speech
Photo of protestor: Larry W. Smith / EPA Anyone who is familiar with premodern Indian philosophy written in Sanskrit knows that philosophers were not above using insults in their work. J.M. Verpoorten (2002) has a paper collecting these insults , which incl...
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Words are arrows
One image I've encountered in Sanskrit texts on language is that of the arrow standing in for the capacity of words. I think the first time (in secondary literature) I saw this was in K.K. Raja's Indian Theories of Meaning, when he refers to Abhinavagupta's...
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2017 Year in Review, List-wise
I found this draft, never published, but begun at the beginning of January. Publishing it now before February begins! 2017 marked the end of my second and beginning of my third year (!) at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. It was the first time that I have bee...
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Expec.....tation
Last week I was at the Rasa Theory Workshop at Manipal University, which I hope to blog about at some point later. Now I'm in Mysore doing some reading for a few days. I came across this storefront while at the Jaganmohan Palace , and thought it was worth s...
Expec.....tation
Expec.....tation
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The relevance of classical/medieval Indian philosophy
This week, by sheer coincidence in relationship to current political events, I was set to lecture on Annaṃbhaṭṭa's Tarkasaṃgraha . The primer was written in 17th century India to introduce students to Nyāya philosophy. Heavy on my mind over the weekend whil...
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Quick note: Jackalopes, al-mi'raj, and śaśaviṣāṇa
In searching for some śaśa-viṣāṇa (horned hare) clip art in the form of a jackalope , I discovered this article on Wired.com explaining the origin of the "hare's horn" myth in the US. The idea of a rabbit with horns is not only found in Indian literature (a...
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Arrival: gaviṣṭi and gavagai
Dr. Louise Banks tests the aliens' linguistic capabilities... Last night I finally saw Arrival . The film hasn't been released in Singapore, so I had to avoid spoilers and watch it during my break in the US. It was worth waiting for, although I guffawed at ...
Arrival: gaviṣṭi and gavagai
Arrival: gaviṣṭi and gavagai
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Peacocks in the rain
One of the poems my students encountered this semester in Classical Indian Philosophy of Language is found in both in Mukula Bhaṭṭa's Abhidhāvṛttamātṛkā and Ānandavardhana's Dhvanyāloka. It describes "the cloud's friends" who cry out at the rain clouds. My ...
Peacocks in the rain
Peacocks in the rain
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Malcolm and Fabian at Cendana
Today I and another professor, Fabian Geier, presented a philosophy café to our students here at Yale-NUS College at the Cendana Residental College. It was Star Trek -themed, beginning with an introduction to the Original Series and its cultural context, sh...
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