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Vaisesika-Sutra of Kanada

by: Debasish Chakrabarty

This book presents a lucid English translation of the Vaisesika-Sutra of Kanada, termed the earliest exposition on physics in Indian philosophy and the textual basis for the Nyaya-Vaisesika and Navya-Nyaya systems of thought. The translation retains the feel of the original sutras even while conveying the intended meaning accurately and with clarity.

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ISBN: 9788124602294
Year Of Publication: 2003
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiv, 114
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 22 cm.
Weight: 200

Overview

Kanada’s Vaisesika Sutra, the textual basis for the Nyaya-Vaisesika system and the later Navya-Nyaya system, may be termed the earliest exposition on physics in Indian philosophy. It presents one of the earliest discussions on the idea of atomicity and on the true nature of knowledge as comprising the categories of dravya (substance), guna (attribute), karma (action), samanya (generality), visesa (particularity) samavaya (inherence) and abhava (non-existence). This book presents the original Sanskrit text of the Vaisesika Sutra along with its Roman transliteration and a translation in the English language. The lucid translation is a scholarly attempt to retain the feel of the original sutras while conveying the intended meaning accurately and is easy to comprehend owing to many special features. Additional words are added in the translated text for the benefit of syntax but they are placed in parenthesis. The translated text has sub-titles that aid in simplifying the arguments by grouping the sutras. Besides, footnotes are provided to explain technical terms and concepts in the original Sanskrit. The book, published under the Shastra Group of Centre of Linguistic and English at Jawaharlal Nehru University which had earlier brought out the Yogasatra of Patanjali, will prove useful to all researchers and students of ancient Indian philosophy.

Contents

Acknowledgements
The Sastra Group at Jawaharlal Nehru University
— An Introduction
— Kapil Kapoor
Prefatory Essay — Six Indian Philosophical Systems
and Kanada’s Vaisesikasutra
— Kapil Kapoor
Introduction
General Overview
Date of Vaisesika sutra
The Text and the Author
Structure of the text
Syncretism: The Vaisesika and Nyaya Philosophies
Visesika and Purva-Mimamsa: Relations
Nyaya-Vaisesika literature
Vaisesika sutra
1. First Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
2. Second Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
3. Third Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
4. Fourth Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
5. Fifth Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
6. Sixth Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
7. Seventh Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
8. Eighth Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
9. Ninth Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
10. Tenth Chapter
First Ahnika
Second Ahnika
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Debasish Chakrabarty coordinates the Science and Liberal Arts Department at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He is pursuing his doctoral research in Semiotics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
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