Alex Watson on Indian Philosophy

This article came out a little while ago, in India’s Seminar magazine. But it’s well worth highlighting here. Alex reflects on the ways that textual scholarship, philosophical reflection, and historical reconstruction intersect in the study of Indian philosophy. Link: http://www.india-seminar.com/2015/671/671_alex_watson.htm

What did Kumārila have in view when he spoke of a “linguistic force” and of an “objective force”?

A short terminological excursus: bhāvanā is a rather common name throughout Sanskrit philosophy (it designates, e.g., a peculiar meditation in Buddhism and in Kashmir Śivaism, a linguistic function in Bhāṭṭa Nāyaka’s aesthetical theory, etc.). It is also found in grammar. Continue reading