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Dharmakirti's Theory of Hetu-Centricity of Anumana

by Mangala R. Chinchore

  • ISBN: 9788120806238, 8120806239
  • Year of Publication: 1989
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 194
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 750.00

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    Nyaya and Buddhism as the two-important traditions of Indian Philosophical

    Thought distinguished themselves through a detailed inquiry into various

    aspects of Anumana. In both the traditions there flourished a long chain of

    logicians of great reputation and profound scholarship. Particularly in the

    Buddhist tradition Dharmakirti distinguished himself, through his scholarly

    works, as a renowned logician and exerted influence alike both on his

    adversaries and followers. Although he has discussed a number of issues

    concerning Anumana in his different works, no systematic attempt has been

    made to formulate and present Dharmakirti's unified theory of Anumana in

    its various aspects. The present work undertakes to do this for the first

    time in the world of Buddhist scholarship. Giving a sketch of the

    conceptual framework of Dharmakirti's philosophy by way of background, it

    discusses epistemic, constitutive and regulative conditions of Anumana

    according to him, and dealing with the validity and, or soundness aspects

    of Anumana along with Hetvabhasas it may give rise to, brings out their

    important implications not only for Dharmakirti's philosophy but also for

    Buddhist philosophy in general.


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