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The Character of Logic in India

Bimal Krishna Matilal (Author)
Synopsis In this book Matilal brings together two decades of thought about the origins, development and nature of Indian logical theory. He traces the evolution of the crucial concept of an inference-warranting relation’ (vyapti) in the early debating manuals and their contexts of informal logic of argumentation. The important contributions of the Buddhist logicians Dinnaga and Dharmakirti are given the weight they deserve, as is the great literature on logic in the late Nyaya School. Throughout this book, Matilal brings to bear his distinctive and sophisticated treatment of the philosophical issues in the theories of the classical Indian writers, by analyzing them in terms of concepts drawn from contemporary philosophical theory. This book will be valuable to students and scholars of Indian thought, and will be useful for philosophers and others seeking a grounding in Indian logic.
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About the author

Bimal Krishna Matilal

Bimal Krishna Mitilal was Jubilee Scholar in 1954-56, and recipient of Hem Chandra Goswami Prize and Gold Medal in 1956. He was a Harvard-Yenching Fellow in 1962-64. Having obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1965, he started teaching at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has been the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University and a Fellow of All Souls College. He was the founder-editor of the journal of Indian Philosophy. Among his important works are: The Navya-nyaya Doctrine of Negation; Epistemology, Logic and Grammar in Indian Philosophical Analysis; The Central Philosophy of Jainism Nyaya-Vaisesika; Logical and Ethical Issues of Religious Belief etc.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Character of Logic in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 019564896X
length x+180p., Tables; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.