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Meaning, Understanding, and Knowing-what: An Indian Grammarian Notion of Intuition (Pratibhā)

Meaning, Understanding, and Knowing-what: An Indian Grammarian Notion of Intuition (Pratibhā) Abstract: For Bhartṛhari, a fifth-century Indian grammarian-philosopher, all conscious beings are capable of what he called pratibhā , a flash of indescribable intuitive understanding such that one knows what the present object means and what to do with it. Such an understanding, if correct, amounts to a mode of knowing that may best be termed knowing-what . This essay attempts to expound Bhartr. hari’s conception of pratibhā in relation to the notions of meaning, understanding, and knowing, with a view to suggesting its relevance for contemporary studies of related topics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Meaning, Understanding, and Knowing-what: An Indian Grammarian Notion of Intuition (Pratibhā)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 64 (2) – Apr 14, 2014

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Abstract

Abstract: For Bhartṛhari, a fifth-century Indian grammarian-philosopher, all conscious beings are capable of what he called pratibhā , a flash of indescribable intuitive understanding such that one knows what the present object means and what to do with it. Such an understanding, if correct, amounts to a mode of knowing that may best be termed knowing-what . This essay attempts to expound Bhartr. hari’s conception of pratibhā in relation to the notions of meaning, understanding, and knowing, with a view to suggesting its relevance for contemporary studies of related topics.

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Apr 14, 2014

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