Author: Paul Douglas
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788120835351
In the last century Western philosophers have treated the subject of language and truth on the basis that either truth is uncertain and language is incapable of expressing it, or that the philosopher's task is simply to show how language can express meaning clearly and unequivocally.
This book takes a radically different approach, based on the view of truth expressed in Advaita philosophy, a philosophy which is increasingly of interest in the West because it answers many of the questions not answered by Western philosophy.
Language and truth are intimately connected in Advaita. One reason for this is the Sanskrit language, because the sound and structure of the language, because the sound and structure of the language itself appear to reflect and convey that truth.
The author also explores these connections in other languages, and in the meaning of meaning. The book is written in a way that can be understood by the general reader.
1. Different Premises on which language may be founded
2. How may different language relate to truth ?
3. Basic elements of language as evident is Sanskrit
4. Words: their formation and classes
5. Sentences and relationship within them
6. Sound, word and meaning. What is meaning?
7. Paninian grammar: some special features
8. Laws of Sanskrit reflecting natural laws?
Appendix 1. The credential of Sanskrit
Appendix 2. The extent of Sandbi