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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+5.5)
Indian Knowledge System and Formal Systems
Various aspects of Indian Knowledge are being studied within the frame of Indology, history, and other disciplines, but there is a lack of perspective on the overall scheme of that knowledge, its structure, and how it fares as a formal knowledge system.
This talk attempts to bring that focus. We discuss briefly what a formal system is and some of the aspects of a formal system like provability, axioms, completeness, and consistency.
We then see how the Indian knowledge system works from this perspective, and evaluate it with respect to these aspects of a formal system. In addition, we examine a few notions like interpolations, permanent and temporal knowledge, and pramanya in knowledge from this viewpoint.
As a case study we apply this perspective to Dharma Shastra and Vedanta, and how this understanding can help us view future systems and institutions of knowledge.