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Knowing from Words : Western and Indian Philosophical Analysis of Understanding and Testimony - Bimal Krishna Matilal

Knowing from Words

Western and Indian Philosophical Analysis of Understanding and Testimony

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Never before, in any anthology, have contemporary epistemologists and philosophers of language come together to address the single most neglected important issue at the confluence of these two branches of philosophy, namely: Can we know facts from reliable reports? Besides Hume's subversive discussion of miracles and the literature thereon, testimony has been bypassed by most Western philosophers; whereas in classical Indian (Pramana) theories of evidence and knowledge philosophical debates have raged for centuries about the status of word-generated knowledge.
`Is the response "I was told by an expert on the subject" as respectable as "I saw" or "I inferred" in answer to "How do you know?"' is a question answered in diverse and subtle ways by Buddhists, Vaisesikas and Naiyayikas. For the first time this book makes available the riches of those debates, translating from Sanskrit some contemporary Indian Pandits' reactions to Western analytic accounts of meaning and knowledge.
For advanced undergraduates in philosophy, for researchers - in Australia, Asia, Europe or America - on epistemology, theory of meaning, Indian or comparative philosophy, as well as for specialists interested in this relatively fresh topic of knowledge transmission and epistemic dependence this book will be a feast.
After its publication analytic philosophy and Indian philosophy will have no excuse for shunning each other.

Preface
Introductionp. 1
Knowing From Wordsp. 23
Is There an Irreducible Mode of Word-Generated Knowledge?p. 29
Testimony, Justification and Coherencep. 51
Testimony and Coherencep. 59
Epistemology of Testimony and Authority: Some Indian Themes and Theoriesp. 69
Telling as Letting Knowp. 99
Against Gullibilityp. 125
The Role of Comprehensionp. 163
Knowledge by Hearsayp. 195
Testimony, Observation and "Autonomous Knowledge"p. 225
Testimony and Memoryp. 251
History, Testimony, and Two Kinds of Scepticismp. 273
Testimony, Knowledge and Beliefp. 297
On Propositions: A Naiyayika Response to a Russellian Theoryp. 315
Proper Names and Individualsp. 325
Understanding, Knowing and Justificationp. 347
Gangesa on Self-Mentioning Wordsp. 367
Indexp. 385
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ISBN: 9780792323457
ISBN-10: 0792323459
Series: SYNTHESE LIBRARY
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 31st December 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73