This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Pure cognition (bodha): A philosophical analysis from Nyaya point of view

S.R. Bhatt — Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi.

Knowledge (true cognition) is no doubt the most central and significant concept in epistemology, but it cannot be treated as the most primitive epistemic unit. Like many other phenomena, cognitive and non-cognitive, knowledge also is very complex in nature and is reducible to its simpler elements or units. There are several epistemic elements and attitudes, which go in the making of knowledge and unless these diverse components are analyzes and distinguished, we cannot claim to have known ‘knowledge’. Simple cognition of object is a precondition of all complex cognitions of its different contents and relations.