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Of Intrinsic Validity: A Study on the Relevance of Pūrva Mīmāṃsā

Daniel Arnold
Philosophy East and West
Vol. 51, No. 1 (Jan., 2001), pp. 26-53
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1400034
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Of Intrinsic Validity: A Study on the Relevance of Pūrva Mīmāṃsā
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Abstract

The Mīmāṃsāka doctrine of "svatah prāmānya" ("intrinsic validity") has seldom been given the serious philosophical attention it deserves. This doctrine in fact grows out of a sophisticated critique of epistemological foundationalism. This critique, as well as the larger project that it serves, has striking similarities with the philosophical project advanced in William Alston's "Perceiving God". A comparison of the two helps to highlight the strengths and the problems of both projects, and shows, perhaps more importantly, that the Mīmāṃsāka doctrine is in fact still relevant, as it resembles one of the more interesting positions currently in play in contemporary philosophy.

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