Duty and Sacrifice: A Logical Analysis of the Mīmāṃsā Theory of Vedic Injunctions

Elisa Freschi, Andrew Ollet, Matteo Pascucci (Korresp. Autor*in)

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The Mīmāṃsā school of Indian philosophy has for its main purpose the interpretation of injunctions that are found in a set of sacred texts, the Vedas. In their works, Mīmāṃsā authors provide some of the most detailed and systematic examinations available anywhere of statements with a deontic force; however, their considerations have generally not been registered outside of Indological scholarship. In the present article we analyze the Mīmāṃsā theory of Vedic injunctions from a logical and philosophical point of view. The theory at issue can be regarded as a system of reasoning based on certain fundamental principles, such as the distinction between strong and weak duties, and on a taxonomy of ritual actions. We start by reconstructing the conceptual framework of the theory and then move to a formalization of its core aspects. Our contribution represents a new perspective to study Mīmāṃsā and outlines its relevance, in general, for deontic reasoning.
Seiten (von - bis)323-354
FachzeitschriftHistory and Philosophy of Logic
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2 Okt. 2019

ÖFOS 2012

  • 603109 Logik
  • 602018 Indologie