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Walking Along the Paths of Buddhist Epistemology

The monograph highlights the philosophical arguments offered by Buddhist thinkers on different aspects of knowledge. Various aspects of Buddhist epistemology right from the basic question of what the Buddhists mean by knowledge ....read below

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The monograph highlights the philosophical arguments offered by Buddhist thinkers on different aspects of knowledge. Various aspects of Buddhist epistemology right from the basic question of what the Buddhists mean by knowledge, the varieties of knowledge according to their belief and their explanations of the validity of knowledge are examined.

A painstaking work of Prof. Madhumita Chattopadhyay, this study deals with different epistemological topics like the nature of knowledge, validity of knowledge, knowledge of knowledge, perception, erroneous perception, inference and its related issues like ascertainment of vyapti, antarvyapti, prasanganuman and fallacies of inference. The author has referred to many primary sources which include different Sanskrit texts as well as the latest secondary literature available on these topics and discusses the important role of concept of absence and the theory of apoha or "negative nominalism" as a substitute for universals in Buddhist metaphysics. An attempt is made to explore whether solutions to modern epistemo-logical problems as found in the Western tradition can be provided from the Buddhist perspective in order to show that Buddhist epistemology has a relevant role to play in the area of epistemology itself.

The book would interest scholars and students interested in the epistemological and logical aspects of Buddhist philosophy.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124604410
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 812460441X
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2007
  • Pages : xii, 354 p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 700
  • Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index

Preface 
Introduction 

1. Knowledge -- What it is? 
2. Knowledge -- How it is Apprehended? 
3. Validity -- How it is Ascertained? 

Devendrabuddhi 
Kamalasila 
Manorathanandi 

4. Knowledge -- Its Different Varieties 
5. Perception -- Its Nature 
6. Varieties of Perception

Sense-Perception  
Mental Perception  
Self-cognition  
Yogic Apprehension

7. Erroneous Perception
8. Inference -- Its Nature  

Controversy Between the Nyaya and the Buddhists on Inference  
Classification of Inferences

9. The Threefold Characterization of the Probans 
10. Classification of the Probans

The Probans as Effect   
Probans as Essence   
Probans as Non-apprehension 

11. Nature of Vyapti 
12. Ascertainment of Vyapti 
13. Antarvyapti -- A Buddhist Perspective 
14. Sadhanabhasa -- Fallacies of Inference

Pakshabhasa 
Hetvabhasa 
Asiddha 
Anaikantika   
Viruddha  
Drishtantabhasa 

15. Prasanganumana in the Light of the Buddhists  
16. Absence -- How it is Known? 
17. Testimony -- A Separate Pramana

Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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