Donnerstag, 03. Dezember 2015, 17:30 - 19:30 iCal

The Theory of Perception

in Ma??anami?ra's Spho?asiddhi

Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


Ein Vortrag von Dr. Akane Saito (JSPS Fellow, Kyushu University, Japan / Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)


The spho?a theory of the perception of words was first propounded by Bhart?hari (5th c.) in his V?kyapad?ya. Unlike the spho?a theories of Patañjali or the pre-modern grammarians, Bhart?hari's theory can hardly be discussed without taking into account the aspect of perception, more specifically, the perception of sounds as words. On the basis of Bhart?hari's philosophy, Ma??anami?ra (7th-8th c.) further developed the theory in his Spho?asiddhi. In this, he attempts to logically explain the validity of the unitary entity of spho?a, no doubt prompted to do so by the vagueness of Bhart?hari's formulation of the concept.

Ma??anami?ra probably composed the Spho?asiddhi and focused on establishing the existence of spho?a because it perfectly corresponds to his epistemology. In this lecture I shall try to show how he used the spho?a theory to construct his doctrine of perception.

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