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Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought$
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Richard Seaford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474410991

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410991.001.0001

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The concept of ṛtá in the Ṛgveda

The concept of ṛtá in the Ṛgveda

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Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought

Joanna Jurewicz

Edinburgh University Press

The abstract Sanskrit concept rta (cosmos, order, truth) in the Rgveda can be shown to develop from the fundamental concrete experience of herding cows. Cognitive linguistics reveals the mechanisms by which the the concrete is used to express the abstract. This is significant for understanding the development of philosophy, both in India and generally, which is not to be regarded as dependent on literacy (as Havelock argued for Greece).

Keywords:   Rgveda, Abstraction, Philosophy, Cognitive linguistics, Harmony, Metaphor, Herding

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