Kumarila, aka: Kumārila; 3 Definition(s)


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Kumārila (ca. 600-650), a representative of the Brahmanic tradition of Mīmāṃsā, which is particularly concerned with the exegesis of Veda and ritual analysis, is one of the most influential philosophers apart from his main adversary Dharmakīrti (ca. 600–660) and like him has greatly shaped the philosophy of the following centuries. In his Ślokavārttika, Kumārila ponders the questions of ontology, epistemology, philosophy of language, ethics, religion, and many others.

Source: IKGA: Asia

Kumārila Bhaṭṭa (कुमारिल भट्ट, fl. roughly AD 700) was a maithil brahmin Hindu philosopher and Mimamsa scholar from Assam. He is famous for many of his seminal theses on Mimamsa, such as Mimamsaslokavarttika. Bhaṭṭa was a staunch believer in the supreme validity of Vedic injunction, a great champion of Purva-Mimamsa and a confirmed ritualist. The varttika is mainly written as a subcommentary of Sabara's commentary on Jaimini's Purva Mimamsa Sutra. His philosophy is classified by some scholars as existential realism.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Kumārila is commonly regarded as having been one of the most brilliant brahmanical philosophers of the Classical Period in India, a thinker whose ideas influenced almost all later brahmanical thought. Of his works, the Ślokavārttika is possibly the most important. Defending the authoritativeness of the Vedic scripture, in the codanāsūtra section Kumārila discusses theories concerning truth, omniscience, and ritual killing.

Source: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press: Kumārila on Truth, Omniscience, and Killing

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