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Dishonoured by PhilosophersUpamana in Indian Epistemology by: Uma Chattopadhyay
The volume is a study of the importance of upamana (knowledge by analogy) in Indian epistemology, with special focus on the Nyaya (and Mimamsa) positions on upamana and the usefulness of upamana as stressed by the Naiyàyikas. It highlights also the views of some schools against upamana as such.
Year Of Publication: 2009
Pages : xiv, 255
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 550 gm.
The volume is a study of the importance of upamana (knowledge by analogy) in Indian epistemology. The two stalwart schools of Nyaya and Mimamsa admit the relevance of upamana but differ with regard to many things including the object of knowledge by upamana.
This book explores the way Naiyayikas and the Mimamsakas differ on some major points with reference to upamana in their very definition of upamana, for instance. The focus is on the Nyaya position on upamana and the usefulness of upamana as stressed by the Naiyayikas. The analytic study by the dialectical method explains the classical Nyaya view of upamana of Gautama and his followers and then the classical Mimamsa views. It considers the views of Naiyayikas Jayanta Bhatta and Udayanacarya to show how much the Naiyayikas were logical in accepting a particular view on upamana. It gives the views of some other schools including the Bauddha and Vaiseshika schools against upamana as such and against Nyaya and Mimamsa views of upamana in particular. Throughout, a number of philosophical scholars and their original texts spread over many centuries are examined.
The book will interest scholars and students of Indian philosophy.
Introduction : Setting the debate
Classical Versions of Nyaya and Mimamsa Theories of Upamana
1. Nyaya Theory of Upamana : Classical Version
2. Mimamsa Theory of Upamana : Classical Version
Critical Development of the Mimamsa Theory of Upamana
3. Bauddha and Vaiseshika Objections against the Classical Mimamsa View of Upamana
4. Mimamsa Theory of Upamana : Medieval and Modern versions
Critical Development of the Nyaya Theory of Upamana
5. Bauddha and Vaiseshika Objections againt the Nyaya Theory of Upamana.
6. Development of the Nyaya Theory of Upamana
Some More Objections from Internal and External Critics
7. Nyayaikadeshi (Bhasarvajnas) View on Upamana
8. Upamana Serves no Purpose in Darshana
Positive Views of Two Naiyayikas
9. Jayanatabhattas Views on Upamana
10. Udayanacaryas Views on Upamana
Conclusion: Dishonoured by Philosophers?