Language in Indian Philosophy and Religion
The papers published in this volume were originally read and discussed at a three day seminar sponsored by the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion/Societie Canadienne des Sciences Religieuses at Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, May 28th to 30th, 1976. This seminar served the important function of bringing together the majority of the Canadian scholars who specialize in Indian Philosophy and Religion. The topic, Language was chosen a year earlier so that advance study on a common theme could be undertaken by all who participated. Some thirty professors, as well as a few senior graduate students, engaged in the discussion. An additional and important feature of the seminar was that since it was held during the Learned Societies meetings, a number of Western scholars with an interest in language were able to listen in to the thinking of their Eastern colleagues. This provided the basis for some interesting and informed dialogue.
"Harold Coward declares the aims of the book to be to promote dialogue with those interested in philosophy but not expert in the field of Indian philosophy and to promote critical debate within the field. The book succeeds on both counts. The authors have generally managed to avoid the morass of linguistic and conceptual detail characteristic of most discussions of ‘language’ in the context of Indian philosophy and have done so without compromising the rich subtlety or diversity of the tradition. "- Studies in Religion