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Walking Along the Paths of Buddhist Epistemology

by: Madhumita Chattopadhyay

This is a book on Buddhist epistemology dealing with different epistemological topics like the nature of knowledge, validity of knowledge, knowledge of knowledge, perception, erroneous perception, among others. The author has referred to different Sanskrit texts and literature available on these topics.



ISBN: 9788124604410
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 354
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 700


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.


1. Knowledge — What it is?
2. Knowledge — How it is Apprehended?
3. Validity — How it is Ascertained?
4. Knowledge — Its Different Varieties
5. Perception — Its Nature
6. Varieties of Perception
Mental Perception
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
15. Prasanganumana in the Light of the Buddhists
16. Absence — How it is Known?
17. Testimony — A Separate Pramana

Meet the Author
Dr Madhumita Chattopadhyay is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata. Though her area of research is Buddhism, she is very much interested in the philosophy of Contemporary Indian thinkers specially of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has been awarded with different national and international scholarships like the Fulbright Visiting Lectureship and Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship. She has edited three books and written three. One of her important books is Walking Along the Paths of Buddhist Epistemology.