This paper was presented at the
National Seminar on
Indian Psychology: Theories and Models
December 26 - 28, 2007
Pure cognition: psychological fact or logical myth
S.R. Bhatt Delhi University, Delhi
The present paper aims at analyzing the nature of pure cognition or bare indeterminate awareness which precedes or which is presupposed in arriving at determinate cognition. A determinate cognition, if true, is knowledge. There is a difference of opinion whether pure cognition is a psychological fact or logical presupposition/logical myth. For the school of Nyaya it is more a logical presupposition than a psychological fact, but for the Buddhist thinkers it is a psychological fact. Indian thinkers have taken keen interest in analyzing it and therefore this deserves our attention.
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