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The Mīmāṃsā (Sanskrit “discussion”) – also Pūrvamīmāṃsā in distinction from Uttaramīmāṃsā (Vedānta) – is an early form of exegesis of the Vedas, which through an examination of the connection between the practice of Vedic sacrifice and its results seeks to prove the absolute validity of Vedic revelation (Vedic and Brahmanic religion; Sacrifice: VIII), and for this purpose it developed criteria of text interpretation that led to a special hermeneutic and philosophy of language. The oldest preserved text – and the basic text of the school – is the “Mīmāṃsā manual” Mīmāṃs…

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Hanneder, Jürgen, “Mīmāṃsā”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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