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  • Theories of Illusion in Indian Philosophy

Theories of Illusion in Indian Philosophy

Every school of Indian philosophy has prescribed its own ways to obliterate human sufferings in the best possible manner. More or less each of them has pointed out that the root cause of sufferings is false cognition of human being about the world and its objects. Only true cognition can eliminate the false one and like the destruction of a series in  a chain, the sufferings will be automatically demolished at a point of time. Hence it is necessary to know the nature as well as the characteristics of false cognition. 
The term illusion is used to denote false cognition according to Indian philosophy. So it may or may not have similarities with the views of Western thought. Each major school of Indian philosophy has analysed the theory of illusion from its metaphysical as well as epistemological standpoint. As a result, major theories — Samkhya-Yoga, Buddhist, Nyaya, Mimamsa and Vedanta — regarding illusion (popularly known as Khyativada) and many more minor theories have originated.
This volume thus extensively analyses how these schools have criticized their opponents’ standpoint to establish their own view, making it an interesting reading for everyone, be it a general reader, a student or a scholar in a simple and easy to understand format and language.
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Every school of Indian philosophy has prescribed its own ways to obliterate human sufferings in the best possible manner. More or less each of them has pointed out that the root cause of sufferings is false cognition of human being about the world and its objects. Only true cognition can eliminate the false one and like the destruction of a series in  a chain, the sufferings will be automatically demolished at a point of time. Hence it is necessary to know the nature as well as the characteristics of false cognition. 
The term illusion is used to denote false cognition according to Indian philosophy. So it may or may not have similarities with the views of Western thought. Each major school of Indian philosophy has analysed the theory of illusion from its metaphysical as well as epistemological standpoint. As a result, major theories — Samkhya-Yoga, Buddhist, Nyaya, Mimamsa and Vedanta — regarding illusion (popularly known as Khyativada) and many more minor theories have originated.
This volume thus extensively analyses how these schools have criticized their opponents’ standpoint to establish their own view, making it an interesting reading for everyone, be it a general reader, a student or a scholar in a simple and easy to understand format and language.
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124608296
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2016
  • Pages : xi, 136
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 350
Preface 
Introduction 
Interdisciplinary Relevance 
Objective 
Summary of the Work 
Methodology 
Significance of Work to the Society 
1. Samkhya–Yoga Theory 
Introduction  
I
The Samkhya View of Error: Are They Akhyativadins or Sadasadkhyativadins? 
II
Refutation of Asatkhyativada in Samkhya-Sutra 
Refutation of Satkhyativada in Samkhya-Sutra 
Refutation of Anirvacaniyakhyativada in Samkhya-Sutra
Refutation of Anyathakhyativada in Samkhya-Sutra
Conclusion: Establishment of Sadasadkhyativada 
III
The Yoga Theory of Illusion 
2. Buddhist Theory 
Introduction 
I
Asatkhyati of the Madhyamika School 
Atmakhyati of the Yogacara School 
The View of Dharmakirti in Nyayabindu 
View of Shantarakshita in Tattvasamgraha 
3. Nyaya Theory 
Theory of Viparitakhyati and Refutation of It 
Theory of Asatkhyati and Refutation of It 
Theory of Atmakhyati and Refutation of It 
Theory of Akhyati and Refutation of It 
4. Mimamsa Theory 
Introduction 
I
The Theory of the Prabhakara System: Akhyativada
II
The Theory of Akhyati Found 
in Other System’s Texts
The Theory of Illusion by the Mimamsa School 
Found in Nyayakumudacandra 
The Theory of Illusion by the Mimamsa School 
Found in Prameyakamalamartanda 
III
The Theory of Error in Prabhakara-Mimamsa 
Text, Prakaranapanchika
The Prabhakara Text, Prakaranapanchika 
5. Vedanta Theory 
Introduction 
I
Advaita Theory of Illusion 
Refutation of Asatkhyativada 
Refutation of Atmakhyativada 
Refutation of Akhyativada 
Refutation of Anyathakhyativada 
The Establishment of Anirvacaniyakhyativada  
II
Vishishtadvaita Theory of Illusion 
Conclusion 
Bibliography 
Index

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