Bhartṛhari on self-awareness of cognitions

  • Time: Mon 5 December 2016, 09:30-17:00; Tue 6 December 2016, 09:30-13:00
  • Venue: Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, library IKAnt, top floor
  • Organisation: Marco Ferrante


The workshop is dedicated to the translation and the analysis of the last stanzas (verses 103-106 in S. Iyer’s edition) of the Jātisamuddeśa, a subchapter of Bhartṛhari’s Vākyapadīya (5th. c. CE). The section largely focuses on the discussion and the evaluation of different theories of universals. At the end of it, in the last few stanzas, the discussion centres on the self-revealing nature of cognitions, a topic that will become crucial in the ensuing development of Indian philosophy, and a matter of fierce controversy among schools. In the workshop we are going to read Bhartṛhari’s stanzas with the aid of the 10th. c. commentary by Helārāja. The purpose is to assess Bhartṛhari’s contribution to the question, with particular reference to the influence he might have had on the way the Pratyabhijñā school explored the very same issue. Copies of the texts will be distributed during the workshop. Please email the organiser if you want to receive them in advance. For organisational purposes, you are kindly invited to announce your participation with an email to marco.ferrante(at)


  • Vincenzo Vergiani (University of Cambridge)
  • Daniele Cuneo (Universität Leiden)
  • Interested scholars of the IKGA