21. Innocent Until Proven Guilty: Mimamsa on Knowledge and Language
The Mīmāṃsā school put their faith in sense experience, and argue that the Veda, and hence language itself, had no beginning.
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• L. McCrea, “The Hierarchical Organization of Language in Mīmāṃsā Interpretive Theory,” Journal of Indian Philosophy 28 (2000), 429-59.
• J.A. Taber, “The Theory of the Sentence in Pūrva Mīmāṃsā and Western Philosophy,” Journal of Indian Philosophy 17 (1989), 407-30.
• J. Taber, A Hindu Critique of Buddhist Epistemology: Kumārila on Perception (London: 2005).
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