This paper was presented at the
National Seminar on
Indian Psychology: Theories and Models

SVYASA, Bangalore,
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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