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PerceptionAn Essay on Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge$
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Bimal Krishna Matilal

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239765

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239765.001.0001

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Knowledge as a Mental Episode

Knowledge as a Mental Episode

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(p.96) (p.97) 4 Knowledge as a Mental Episode
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Perception
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Bimal Krishna Matilal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239765.003.0005

Perception yields knowledge. More generally, perception, in the sense of ‘sensing’, is regarded as an important source of knowledge. Or, to put it in the Indian terminology, it is a primary ‘means’ of knowing. One cannot get a clear idea of perception in the Indian context unless one is sure as to what counts as knowledge or a knowing event in traditional Indian philosophy. This chapter tries to introduce the notion of a knowing event. This leads to discussion of many issues related to the notion of a mental event, for a knowing event is treated here as a species of mental event. The discussion looks at doubting, mental acts, mental episodes, intentionality, psychologism, and logical theories.

Keywords:   doubting, mental episode, mental acts, intentionality, psychologism, perception

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