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Title: Linga : a philosophical inquiry of gender in Sanskrit
Authors: Borg Taylor East, Francesca
Keywords: Sanskrit language
Language and languages -- Grammars
Language and languages -- Philosophy
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: This dissertation focuses on the notion of linga in the Sanskrit language, and is a reflection on the grammar of the language. There is a particular emphasis on the philosophical significance that linga carries within the grammatical structures of Sanskrit. Linga is also considered within the sphere of Sanskrit mythology so that it may also be approached from a cultural perspective. The relationship between the deities in mythology is examined in light of the notion linga. Following this, the influence of mythology on social practices will be considered such that one may begin to view what the notion linga retains within this more recent context. The argument that follows consists in viewing the Sanskrit gender construction in the light of Wittgenstein's surface and depth grammar. Finally, Pierre Hadot's perspective of philosophy is taken in relation to the primary question of this dissertation, i.e. whether the notion of linga could be seen as having philosophical implications, or whether it could even be seen as a philosophy.
Description: B.A.(HONS)PHIL.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacArtPhi - 2015

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