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Mīmāṁsā Basic

In the Hindu knowledge traditions, the science of interpreting various Vedic injunctions and aphorisms, and methods of reconciling apparently conflicting systems and statements in the Vedas was developed by the school named Pūrva-mīmāṁsā. The vast body of sūtras authored by Jaimini analyze thread-bare the methods of interpretation of Vedic injunctions and provide insight into the interpretation of these Vedic verses within various contexts of discourse. This vākya-śāstra, which is a Veda-upāṅga, develops the principles of Vedic hermeneutics which is elucidated for beginners through a text called Arthasaṅgraha.

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Course Code: SAN 6105

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 600

In the Hindu knowledge traditions, the science of interpreting various Vedic injunctions and aphorisms, and methods of reconciling apparently conflicting systems and statements in the Vedas was developed by the school named Pūrva-mīmāṁsā. The vast body of sūtras authored by Jaimini analyze thread-bare the methods of interpretation of Vedic injunctions and provide insight into the interpretation of these Vedic verses within various contexts of discourse. This vākya-śāstra, which is a Veda-upāṅga, develops the principles of Vedic hermeneutics which is elucidated for beginners through a text called Arthasaṅgraha.

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Course Content:

This course involves discussion of the tradition of contributions in the lineage of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā and provides the background of the hermeneutic nature of this knowledge system. The primer of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā named Arthasaṅgraha is the text of study used to develop an understanding of the foundations of the Pūrva-mīmāṁsā school of thought.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Observe the evolving nature of Vedic knowledge systems through the range and scope for valid interpretation allowed and valued within the Vedic traditions
  2. Appreciate the intricate levels to which inquiry is carried out in the Vedic knowledge systems to arrive at conclusions that can stand up to logic and reason
  3. Apply and use the hermeneutic methods employed in Pūrva-mīmāṁsā in other knowledge systems and domains

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites:  Admission into the Masters Certificate or MA in Sanskrit Program

Faculty / Instructor:  TBD

Quarter Offered:  TBD

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