>INDIAN LOGIC AND THE COLONISATION OF REASON

>INDIAN LOGIC AND THE COLONISATION OF REASON
Introduction to Indian Logic: A Reader (Routledge–Curzon Press, 2001), pp. 221.
ISBN: 0700713069. Edited by Jonardon Ganeri
[http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~jonardon/pdf/indianlogicreader.pdf]

I LOGIC EAST AND WEST
In 1955, H. H. Price, who was then the Wykeham Professor of Logic in Oxford,
wrote an article entitled “The Present Relations between Eastern and Western
Philosophy”. He reports there his belief in the existence of a “vast chasm” separating
the two philosophical traditions, one of which “looks outward and is concerned with
Logic and with the presuppositions of scientific knowledge; the other inward, into the
‘deep yet dazzling darkness’ of the mystical consciousness” (1955: 222). While the
job of the Western philosopher is the analysis and clarification of the concepts which
ground scientific enquiry, the Eastern, more particularly Indian, philosopher is said to
explore a “mysterious and fundamental sort of self-knowledge”, which, though it
cannot be literally described, can be “spoken of in paradoxes and parables” (1955:
227). For Price, there is a sharp division of cultural labour: Western and Eastern
philosophers are not to be thought of simply as giving different answers to the same
perennial philosophical puzzles; they can hardly be regarded even as asking the same
questions.

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