Purvamimamsa from an Interdisciplinary Point of View

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Item Code: IDG004
Author: D.P. Chattopadhyaya, K.T. Pandurangi
Publisher: Centre For Studies In Civilizations
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8187586257
Pages: 682
Cover: Hardcover
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The volumes of the PROJECT ON THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE IN INDIAN CIVILIZATION aims at discovering the main aspects of India's heritage and present them in an interrelated way. These volumes, in spite of their unitary look, recognize the difference between the areas of material civilization and those of ideational culture. The Project is not being executed by a single group of thinkers who are methodologically uniform or ideologically identical in their commitments. In fact, contributions are made by different scholars with different ideological persuasions and methodological approaches. The Project is marked by what may be called 'methodological pluralism'. In spite of its primarily historical character, this Project, both in its conceptualisation and execution, has been shaped by scholars drawn from different disciplines. It is for the first time that an endeavour of such a unique and comprehensive character has been undertaken to study critically a major world civilization like India.

Purvamimamsa is one of the six systems of Indian philosophy and a very ancient one. The Jaimini Sutras consisting of 2700 sutras arranged in 12 chapters are the primary source of Purvamimamsa. It is developed into two schools, Bhatta school initiated by Kumarila Bhatta and Prabhakara school initiated by Prabhakara. Mimamsa has made rich contribution to the areas of epistemology, linguistics and programme organization. The concept of the intrinsic validity of cognition including the impersonal nature of the Veda and acceptance of the cognition of certain entities such as ethical values beyond the empirical means of cognition, are its contribution to epistemology. Considering the language as autonomous at word, sentence and discourse levels and developing a distinct hermeneutics to interpret the Vedic passages and developing the rules of interpretation, are its contribution to linguistics. Developing detailed guidelines for organizing the ritual programme is, however, its most important contribution. The rules of interpretation evolved by Purvamimamsa for the purpose of interpreting Vedic passages are so fundamental and universal that these can be applied to interpret any other scripture. These are utilized by other Indian philosophical systems, Dharmasastras and ancient Indian judicial system. Maxwells' rules of interpretation closely resemble Purvamimamsa rules. The guidelines laid down for ritual organization are also very systematic and could be applied to any other programme organization. These aspects of Purvamimamsa are highlighted in this volume.

About the Author:

D.P. CHATTOPADHYAYA, M.A., LL.B., Ph.D. (Calcutta and London School of Economics), D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) studied, researched Law, Philosophy and History and taught at various Universities in India, Asia, Europe and USA from 1954 to 1994. Founder-Chairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (1981-1990) and President-cum-Chairman of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1984-1991), Chattopadhyaya is currently the Project Director of the multidisciplinary 96-Vol. Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture (PHISPC) and Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Civilizations(CSC). Among his 34 publications, authored 17 and edited 17, are Individuals and Societies (1967), Individuals and Worlds (1976), Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx (1988), Anthropology and Historiography of Science (1990), Induction, Probability and Skepticism (1991), Sociology, Ideology and Utopia (1997), Societies, Cultures and Ideologies (2000), Interdisciplinary Studies in Science, Society, Value and Civilizational Dialogue (2002) and Philosophy of Science, Phenomenology and Other Essays (2003). Besides, he has held high public offices like Union Cabinet Ministership and State Governorship.

KRISHNACHARYA TAMMANACHARYA PANDURANGI belongs to a family of traditional scholars who have made distinct contribution to Dvaita Vedanta of Sri Anandatirtha (Madhvachrya) of Udupi. He taught at Karnataka College, Dharwad and Government College, Bangalore for more than two decades an later retired as the Head of the Post Graduate Department of Sanskrit in Bangalore University. He was a former Member of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and Central Sanskrit Board. He was a Senior Fellow of Indian Council of Philosophical Research. Presently, he is Upakulapathi of Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha and Hon. Director or Dvaita Vedanta Foundation at Bangalore. He received Rashtrapati Award in 1989, Mahamahoadhyaya title in 1997 from Tirupati Sanskrit University and Sir William Jones Memorial Medal in 2005 from The Asiatic Society, Kolkata. His publications include English Exposition of Prakaranapancika of Salikanatha and some literary works such as Kavyanjali, Ravindra Rupakani and Sanskrit Kavi Kavya Darsana. He has translated principal Upanisads into English according to Sri Anandatirtha Bhasya and also Visnutatvanirnaya of Sri Anandatirtha.


Editors   ix
General Introduction    
D.P. Chattopadhyaya   xi
Introduction   xxi
K.T. Pandurangi   xxv
I Purvamimamsa before Jaimini
1. The Perspective and the Scope of Purvamimamsa 3-23
  K.T. Pandurangi  
2. Purvamimamsa Thought before Jaimini 25-35
  Ujjwala Jha  
3. Srautasutras and the Purvamimamsa 37-50
  Samiran Chandra Chakrabarti  
II Philosophy of Purvamimamsa
4. The Epistemology of Purvamimamsa 53-100
  K.T. Pandurangi  
5. Metaphysics and Ontology of Purvamimamsa 101-129
  K.T. Pandurangi  
6. Semantics of Purvamimamsa 131-171
  K.T. Pandurangi  
III Dharma-The Central Theme of Purvamimamsa
7. Exposition of Dharma as the Central Theme of Purvamimamsa 175-233
  K.T. Pandurangi  
8. The Concept of Veda-Apauruseyatva 235-251
  Shashiprabha Kumar  
9. Arthavada 253-284
  Sindhu Sadashiv Dange  
10. Srauta Religion 285-327
  T.N. Dharmadhikari  
11. Kinds of Vedic Sacrifices 329-336
  T.N. Dharmadhikari  
12. Avestan Yasna 337-343
  T.N. Dharmadhikari  
13. Murari Misra's Contribution to Purvamimamsa 345-386
  Ujjwala Jha  
IV The Reviw of Purvamimamsa Doctrines in Vedanta and Nyaya
14. Utilisation of Purvamimamsa Nyaya in Vedanta 389-428
  K.T. Pandurangi, N. Veezhinathan and K.E. Devanathan  
15. The Review of Purvamimamsa Doctrines in Vedanta 429-451
  K.T. Pandurangi, R. Krishnamurthy Shastry, K.E. Devanathan and Veera Narayana Pandurangi  
16. Sri Sankara and Purvamimamsa 453-459
  K.T. Pandurangi  
17. Review of Purvamimamsa Doctrines by Jayanta Bhatta 461-494
  S. Revathy  
18. A Review of the Akhyati Theory of Prabhakara School of Mimamsa in Tattvacintamani of Gangesopadhyaya 495-527
  D. Prahlada Char  
19. Criticism of Buddhism by Purvamimamsa 529-566
  S. Revathy  
20. The Concept of Moksa in Purvamimamsa 567-571
  K.T. Pandurangi  
V Mimamsa Rules of Interpretation
21. The Mimamsa Rules of Interpretation 575-613
  M. Rama Jois  
22. The Mimamsa Principles of Interpretation 615-625
  Markandey Katju  
  Index 627-654

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