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Pāṣaṇḍin, vaitaṇḍika, vedanindaka and nāstika. On criticism, dissenters and polemics and the South Asian struggle for the semiotic primacy of veridiction
University of Venice.
2012 (English)In: Orientalia Suecana, ISSN 0078-6578, Vol. 60, 101-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By reconsidering the epistemic implications underlying the marginal status to which the materials produced by South Asian exponents of various forms of ‘dissenting’ or ‘anti-traditional’ intellectual activity have been consigned, in this essay I propose revisiting our understanding of why many South Asian traditions that do not adhere to a dominant doxa have been omitted or given a permanent status of subordination. From this perspective I here argue the paucity of textual materials produced by the ‘dissenters’ – which now survive only in fragments – is the most striking proof that over the centuries these elements have not been considered as what they really are.

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Uppsala: Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University , 2012. Vol. 60, 101-115 p.
Keyword [en]
Dissent, South Asian intellectual traditions, nāstika, early materialism, pramāṇa
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Indology with Classical Sanscrit
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-177292OAI: diva2:540024
Available from: 2012-07-09 Created: 2012-07-06 Last updated: 2012-07-09Bibliographically approved

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