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Buddhist Logic and Epistemology: Studies in the Buddhist Analysis of Inference and Language

 
Bimal Krishna Matilal (Editor) Robert D Evans (Editor)
Synopsis

The history of Buddhist logical and epistemological theories constitutes an interesting study for Buddhist religious scholars and philosophers.

This volume contains scholarly essays, presented at a seminar, that make an in-depth study of Buddhist logical theory in the background of Buddhist epistemology. Scholars from different parts of the world combine historical and philological scholarship with philosophical acumen and linguistic insight to examine the issues relating to problems of inductive logic and the problem of meaning and the universals. They also address the crucial question regarding the relevance of logical theory to Buddhism, especially to the philosophical soteriology such as Madhyamika. Using both Tibetan and Sanskrit texts to delve deep into the logical issues and philosophical questions, they focus attention on two crucial philosophical concepts: trairupya or the triple character of evidence, and apoha — its meaning as “exclusion”. They examine the contributions of Buddhist scholars of yore in this regard, such as that of the Buddhist master Dinnaga and his general theory of inference, and in particular, his Hetucakradamaru, a study of propositions; Dharmakirti, particularly his theory of inference and definition of “points of defeat”; besides Shantarakshita and Ratnakirti.

The volume, offering original perspectives based on detailed study of ancient texts and their interpretations, will prove an informative source for scholars of Indology, particularly those involved in Buddhist religion and philosophy.

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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 Buddhist Logic and Epistemology: Studies in the Buddhist Analysis of Inference and Language
Format Hardcover
Date published: 03.08.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124606382, 9788124606384
length x+342p., Index; 23 cm.