Is Our Perception Wordstained? The Analysis of Prameya-kamala-mārtaṇḍa 1.3. and 1.10
The aim of the article is to analyse Prabhācandra’s treatise in Sanskrit entitled Prameya-kamala-mārtaṇḍa [PKM] 1.3. and 1.10, one of the main Jain philosophical texts (11th c. CE), in order to investigate the author’s view on the relationship between sensory and verbal cognition. Prabhācandra refers to the thought of Bhartṛhari (5th c. CE), pioneer of the Indian philosophy of language, who formulated his original vision of the role of language in cognitive processes, as well as to the proponents of monistic standpoint, who are considered to be his followers. The translation and interpretation of PKM’s passages are crucial to finding an answer to the following questions: is the language for Prabhācandra necessary to make cognition complete or are there any intersection spheres of these two kinds of cognition?
Indology; Jainism; Buddhism
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