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Mīmāṁsā Advanced

Epistemology is an important subject of study across several śāstras in the Indic knowledge tradition, in both Vedic and non-Vedic streams. Each of these knowledge systems systematically develops a science of knowledge i.e. examining what is knowable, through human cognition, what is inferable through methods of reasoning, but not perceivable, and what is unknowable within a system of thought. While theories of hermeneutics emerge most significantly from the tradition of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā, some important theories pertaining to epistemology are also notable in this system. In discussing what is knowable within a thought system, knowledge itself is often discussed and defined in various Hindu knowledge systems, with great precision.

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Course Code: SAN 7105

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 700

Epistemology is an important subject of study across several śāstras in the Indic knowledge tradition, in both Vedic and non-Vedic streams. Each of these knowledge systems systematically develops a science of knowledge i.e. examining what is knowable, through human cognition, what is inferable through methods of reasoning, but not perceivable, and what is unknowable within a system of thought. While theories of hermeneutics emerge most significantly from the tradition of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā, some important theories pertaining to epistemology are also notable in this system. In discussing what is knowable within a thought system, knowledge itself is often discussed and defined in various Hindu knowledge systems, with great precision.

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Course Content: This course involves the study of the epistemology of the Bhāṭṭa school of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā, propagated by Kumarilabhāṭṭa. The classification of cognitions and their implications along with how each type of cognition arises and how each type of cognition is distinct from the other is analyzed in a text called Mānameyodaya, prescribed for this course.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply theories of empirical and non-empirical cognition.
  2. Appreciate the classification schema used by the Bhāṭṭa school of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā.
  3. Develop an appreciation for the intricate and precise nature of Hindu knowledge systems.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites:  Completion of the Mīmāṁsā Basic course

Faculty / Instructor:  TBD

Quarter Offered:  TBD

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