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Malcolm Keating
Sanskrit and philosophy
Sanskrit and philosophy

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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...

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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 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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Is there a primordial Torah?
One of the topics which I am keeping my eye on, for future research, is the way in which different religious traditions who have central texts conceptualize them. A forthcoming article , by Samuel Lebens, argues that Orthodox Judaism is committed to the ide...

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What's in a name?
During the past several months, there's been some attention online to the question of what counts as "philosophy" in Anglophone academic departments. Below is an overview of the conversation, followed by just a small observation. First, Jay Garfield and Bri...

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Tantravārttika series: unpublishing
After a bit of thought, I'm taking down the series on the Tantravārttika translation I've been publishing. The reason is that it's a project which I would like to see published in a more official manner in the future, and I worry about some journals and pub...

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Tantravārttika I.IV.12, Part 9: Sweet and sour
Kumārila's rebuttal to the pūrvapakṣin continues: Sanskrit dvāv api pratipady ete siṃha-puṃsor viviktatām na adhyāropayituṃ śaktis tena ekasya api vidyate yathā eva hy asadṛśānām arthānāṃ tikta-madhurâdināṃ na kathaṃ-cid api pratītya-bhāvāt paras-parâdhyāro...
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