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Are Cognitive States Self-Revealing?

Shivdasani Lecture
OCHS Library
Professor Kisor Kumar Chakrabarty
Thursday, 25 February 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

According to the Nyaya school of Hindu philosophy, a cognitive state reveals its object but not itself and is revealed by another cognitive state.  Other Hindu philosophers of the Advaita Vedanta philosophical school and Prabhakara (8th century), however, hold that a cognitive state reveals both its object and itself.  I shall discuss the nature of consciousness and self-consciousness and reconstruct how the Nyaya can respond to the formidable arguments offered by the Advaita and Prabhakara.