Review Of Bimal Krishna Matilal?S Essay ?A Realistic View Of Perception?

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The Essay A Realistic View on Perception seems to progress from the ambiguities presented by realistic metaphysics to a defence of the Indian Realism as posited by the Naiyayikas in order to establish paratah pramanavada as a form of fallibism, the only way to posit the realistic view of perception. It was not until I read through the introduction of another essay written by Dr Matilal of the reader entitled ?Perception: An essay on Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge? that I found out that the ambiguity prevalent at the starting of the essay was rather deliberate. It contradicts the over explained notion of a God?s Eye view. In ?Perception: An essay on Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge? it was explained pertaining to a layman?s rather obvious worldview instead of that of a realist. This was to keep conformity with PF Strawson?s pre-theoretical scheme which was nicknamed as asiddhi or sadhyasama (according to Matilal). In simplistic terms it means that evidence should not be given the status of a theory especially if it is meant to prove the theory in question. It talks about not what the fact warrants but the fact itself. In the essay A Realistic View on Perception however, Matilal has ascribed what Putman has called the existential perspective as a God?s Eye point of view. I do n0ot think there that there can be any significant in the understanding of God?s Eye point of view as maintained by Dummett and as that maintained by Putman since the following paragraph in both the essays bring home similar points and arguments, just in different ways.The writing style of both these papers differs considerably. While the essay on Perception: An essay on Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge ideas are put across as clearly and explicitly as possible, the essay on a Realistic view on Perception fails to do justice to clarity quite intently as the contention is to reach a favourable conclusion in light of the Naiyayikas in comparison to other realistic views on perception. In the essay we can observe a number of concessions Matilal has given to the Nyaya Realism he would not have given any other realistic school of thought. I intent to point such contentions wherever possible even though this is a difficult task considering the subtelity with which the loopholes are covered in the guise of various digressions used throughout the essay.To begin with I would like to mention how Hume?s treatment of a vulgar system of perception is treated in both the essays and to serve what end.In Perception: An essay on Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge, Matilal talks zbout what Mackie has called naïve realism, something Strawson would consider as confused realism in light of Hume?s vulgar system (if we are to stick to his terminology) where the identity of the perceptibles with our perceptions is presupposed. Here Matilal shows how Strawson would agree with such naïve realism (which ought to be replaced as direct realism, according to Matilal) in so...

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