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Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, Volume VI: Indian Philosophical Analysis Nyaya-Vaisesika from Gangesa to Raghunatha Siromani

Sibajiban Bhattacharyya (Editor) Karl H. Potter (Editor) Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies

The present volume of the Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies takes up the history of Nyaya-Vaisesika where Volume Two left off, in the 14th century. With Gangesa we enter the literature that has come to be known as Navyanyaya, i.e., ‘new Nyaya.’ Gangesa’s seminal work, the Tattvacintamani is one of the most famour, as well as most difficult works of Indian Philosophy and this volume beings with the most exhaustive account of its contents hitherto available.  Over a dozen different summarizers have collaborated in preparing this treatise which totals some 300 pages.

The volume reconstructs the development of Nyaya-Vaisesika through the next two centuries.  Some fifty authors’ names are known to us from this period, and 36 of their works are summarized.  The volume closes its reconstruction of literary history into the early 16th century, with Raghunatha Siromani, the great commentator on Gangesa’s seminal works and one of the most innovative analytical philosophers the world has known.

 Although this is but a brief attempt to cover the complex literature of this period, this volume represents the basic elements of present-day understanding of the contributions of the philosophers discussed.  A detailed introduction by the two editors provides a bird’s-eye view of the ideas expounded in the text.  A total of 22 different scholars combine to render the gist of these materials available to the general public. Subsequent volumes in this series will take Naya-Vaisesika to the present.

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About the authors

Sibajiban Bhattacharyya

Sibajiban Bhattacharyya, formerly B.N. Seal Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy, Calcutta University, taught philosophy for forty-five years in different Universities and Institutes in India and abroad. He has published several books, edited Journals and books in philosophy, both Indian and Euro-American, and has published a large number of articles, discussion notes, and reviews in different Journals, Anthologies, Encyclopaedias, Indian and foreign. He was Professor and Head of the Departments both at Burdwan and North Bengal Universities. Professor Bhattacharyya was also a National Fellow of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research. He is currently a National Fellow in Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla.

Karl H. Potter

Karl H. Potter id Professor of philosophy and South Asian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, and is the General Editor of the Encyclopedua of Indian Philosophies Containing 28 volumes.

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Title Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, Volume VI: Indian Philosophical Analysis Nyaya-Vaisesika from Gangesa to Raghunatha Siromani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.05.2013
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 9788120808942
length 1+672p., 24cm.