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What enables canonical literature to function as “true”? The case of the Hindu Puranas

Taylor, McComas

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"Why do the devout believe in the canonical literature of their tradition? What enables great normative texts to function as “true discourse”? The idea of “true discourse” is premised on the understanding that truth is ultimately contingent and is socially constructed. We are in the realm of localized “truths,” rather than that of some Absolute Truth which functions as a universally accepted, recognized, and applicable yardstick. Local “truth” is the currency of a given epistemic...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/8945
Source: International Journal of Hindu Studies 12.3 (2008): 309–328
DOI: 10.1007/s11407-008-9065-9

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