Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A study of cognitive linguistic structure based on the four conditions of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā
by You, Hee Jong, Ph.D., University of the West, 2013, 267; 3616916
Abstract (Summary)

The main purpose of this study is to depict Nagarjuna's implication on how he redefined the Four Conditions (catvārah pratyayā ) as the cognitive linguistic structure by allocating 32 functional metadata throughout the texts of Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (MMK). Following subtle traces of lokasamvrtisatya (the conventional truth) in the text of MMK, the integrated framework of a cognitive linguistic structure can be detected. Nagarjuna did not negate nor degrade the conventional truth in the context of MMK. The Four Conditions conceal their cognitive variations underneath language, yet they can be consolidated as a structure of knowledge that has capacity of preservability, in a sense of linear consistency of unchanging combinational conditions, as well as recognizability, in a sense of circular transition of changing between two combinational conditions. Such an algorithm of cognition as well as communication are possible because one is able to detect the conditional changes when the stream of cognitive process evolves from one cognitive entity to another with a paradigm of pratītyasamutpāda that is described as "imasmim sati idam hoti (Because this exists that exists.)" of the Early Buddhism. The Four Conditions and their relevant 32 metadata are the foundational platform that Nāgārjuna developed in MMK which mutually interlock and capture the cognitive stream in the structure of language.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Guruge, Ananda W.P.
Commitee: Ju, Charles J., Lancaster, Lewis R.
School: University of the West
Department: Religious Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Epistemology, Philosophy
Keywords: Algorithm of cognition, Catvarah pratyaya, Cognitive linguistic structure, Four conditions, Madhyamaka philosophy, Mulamadhyamakakarika, Nagarjuna
Publication Number: 3616916
ISBN: 978-1-303-83934-4
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