Yoga Body, p. 26: The Yogasutrabhasya attributed to Vyasa (c. 500--600 CE) is the first and most influential commentary on the text and is sometimes even regarded as a component part of the YS itself (e.g., Bronkhorst 1981).
From Word Meanings to Sentence Meaning: Different Perspectives in Indian Philosophy of Language
The reflection on language and its structures was a major component of the Sanskritic intellectual horizon, intimately connected with the broader epistemological and soteriological concerns of different schools. This led to the emergence of various conflicting philosophical views on the nature of the cognition obtained from language (śābdabodha). In this respect, a pivotal issue is how padārthas (the meanings/referents of words) relate to vākyārtha (the meaning/referent of the sentence). During this one-day colloquium, the focus will especially be on the views set forth by the Pūrva-Mīmāṃsā philosophers (Bhāṭṭa and Prābhākara), the Buddhists, the Grammarians, and the theoreticians of Alaṃkāraśāstra, and on the reconstruction of the debate as it developed in the course of the first millennium CE.
Date: November 11, 2016
Time: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 213, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Convenors: Vincenzo Vergiani and Shishir Saxena
Maria Piera Candotti, Université de Lausanne / Università di Cagliari (Visiting Scholar) Bhartṛhari and the basic meaning unit: innovation or restauration
Daniele Cuneo, Universiteit Leiden When words do not suffice: the polymorphic concept of bādha Hugo David, École française d'Extrême-Orient 'vākyārtha eva padārthaḥ': On the reappropriation of an old Mīmāṃsā principle in a Vedāntic framework
Elisa Freschi, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften From authorless words to Vedic prescriptions: The Mīmāṃsaka journey from the subjectindependent nature of language to the prescriptive nature of language
Kei Kataoka, Kyushu University How to paraphrase a sentence? Bādari vs Jaimini
Tiziana Pontillo, Università di Cagliari The general samartha-constraint of word-formation rules in the Pāṇinian tradition
Akane Saito, Kyushu University Phonemes as the Conveyors of Sentence Meaning for Kumārila, Śālikanātha, Vācaspati, and Jayanta
Shishir Saxena, University of Cambridge Kumārila on why śabda cannot be classified as anumāna on the basis of āptavādāvisaṃvāda, as argued in the Śabdapariccheda & Vākyādhikaraṇa of the Ślokavārttika
Vincenzo Vergiani, University of Cambridge Of the unitary nature of complex sentences: Bhartṛhari's remarks in the second kāṇḍa of the Vākyapadīya