Indian epistemic terms

Deshpande, Madhav mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Wed Oct 11 23:36:05 UTC 2006

Dear Harsha,

     'pazya' and 'dRz' have a suppletive relationship in Sanskrit like'go' and 'went' in English.  Both 'pazya' and 'dRz' taken separately have incomplete paradigms, but in the actual usage of the language, these two roots complement each other.  So the passive form corresponding to pazyati is dRzyate, and so on.  The Rgvedic passage uta tvaH pazyan na dadarza vAcam uta tvaH zRNvan na zRNoty enAm exhibits this suppletive behavior.  

Madhav M. Deshpande

-----Original Message-----
From: Indology on behalf of Harsha Dehejia
Sent: Wed 10/11/2006 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: Indian epistemic terms

An important concept that is overlooked by epistemologists is that of 
DRISHTI or visual knowledge.

While PASHYATI is a verb there is no verb like DRASHYATI. This is  the 
beginning of an inquiry into visual knowledge.

I am trying to develop this concept further.


Harsha V. Dehejia
Professor of Indian Studies, College of Humanities
Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. Canada.

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