Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism

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Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen (Editor-in-Chief), University of Bergen, and Helene Basu, University of Münster, Angelika Malinar, University of Zürich, Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida (Associate Editors)

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. The encyclopedia presents a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the divergent perspectives and methods in the academic study of a religion that is both an ancient historical tradition and a flourishing tradition today. The encyclopedia embraces the greatest possible diversity, plurality, and heterogeneity, thus emphasizing that Hinduism encompasses a variety of regional traditions as well as a global world religion. Presenting all essays and research from the heralded printed edition, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is now available in a fully searchable, dynamic digital format. The service will include all content from the six printed volumes..

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Philosophy of Language

(9,754 words)

Author(s): Johannes Bronkhorst
The role of language in Indian philosophy is great, and indeed, much of this philosophy remains unintelligible without an awareness of the role that language plays in it. It can reasonably be maintained that an important part of Indian philosophy is philosophy of language, to be understood in the double sense of “philosophy inspired by language” and “reasoned inquiry into language.” An exclusive concentration on the latter of these two, however, would not do full justice to the role of language …