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Philosophy

The Seven Category Ontology Reaffirmed

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Conference 2009
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Jonardon Ganeri
Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 09:30
Location: 
Somerville College

Keynote Respondent: Ramprasad Chakravarthi

 
The six categories of being of Prastapada (substance, quality, motion, differentiator, universal, inherence), together with the category of non-being, constitute the ontology of classical Vaisesika metaphysics.
First name (inc. titles): 
Jonardon

Nyaya's pramana (Knowledge-Generators) as Natural Kinds

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Conference 2009
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Stephen Phillips
Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 16:30
Location: 
Somerville College

This paper examines Nyaya's understanding of the sources of knowledge, especially perception and inference, as generating genuine subkinds of cognition that are discernible by introspection as well as through our own and others' behaviour, and addresses how typological resources are used by the school in its epistemological theory. By being able to recognize a cognition as perceptual, inferential, analogical, or testimonial in character, we have access to our knowledge such that doubt and controversy can be resolved. The hinge premise is that we may assume such cognition to be veridical.

First name (inc. titles): 
Stephen

From Ontology to Taxonomy: the Jaina Colonisation of the Universe

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Conference 2009
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Will Johnson
Date: 
Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 16:30
Location: 
Somerville College

This paper explores the shift in Jaina thought from categorization (the ontological dualism of jiva and ajiva) to classification (the universe as a map of the Jina's mind), and reflects on a corresponding alteration in soteriological and sociological concerns.

First name (inc. titles): 
Will

Madhyamakas and Ontological Categories

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Conference 2009
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Jan Westerhoff
Date: 
Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 11:30
Location: 
Somerville College

The status of categories within Madhyamaka philosophy is a curious one. On the one hand there is a strong tendency to reject philosophically refined analyses of the constituents which make up the world, thereby rejecting systems of categories as well. The Madhyamika, it seems, accepts whatever conventions the world accepts at the merely conventional level but does not propose any conventions of his own. In fact there appear to be good reasons for such a view.

First name (inc. titles): 
Jan

The Analysis of Experience in Classical Samkhya

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Conference 2009
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Mikel Burley
Date: 
Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 09:30
Location: 
Somerville College

This paper argues for an interpretation of classical SƒÅ·pÉkhya according to which its schema of twenty-five categories constitutes the result of an analysis of experience as opposed to a speculative cosmogony or imaginative account of how our psychological faculties come into existence. Problems with prevalent interpretations are highlighted, notably the difficulty of understanding how physical elements can ‘evolve’ from psychological ones and that of understanding the relevance of the categorial schema to SƒÅ·pÉkhya’s overall soteriological goal.

First name (inc. titles): 
Mikel

Ontological Categories in Early Indian Philosophy

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Conference 2009
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Johannes Bronkhorst
Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 11:30
Location: 
Somerville College

This paper will address the question whether and to what extent the ontological categories of early Indian philosophies can be looked upon as what might be called ‘natural categories’, categories that correspond in some way to the reality they intend to describe. It turns out that some of the Indian categories are of this kind, others are not. Examples will be discussed.

First name (inc. titles): 
Johannes

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Seven

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin Flood
Date: 
Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 11:00
Location: 
OCHS Library
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin

Readings in Phenomenology: Session One

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin Flood
Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 11:30
Location: 
OCHS Library
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Two

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin Flood
Date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 11:30
Location: 
OCHS Library
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Three

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin Flood
Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 11:30
Location: 
OCHS Library
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gavin

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