Freitag, 16. Mai 2014, 15:15 - 16:45 iCal

A Road Not Taken in Indian Epistemology

Ein Vortrag von Prof. Dr. John Taber (Department of Philosophy, University of New Mexico)



Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


One of the most striking aspects of the debate about universals in Indian philosophy is that those who defended the reality of universals generally insisted that they are perceptible. Not only is this position opposed to that typically held by Western philosophers (at least until recently), but it seems to concede to the Buddhists the basic principle that for something to be real it must have causal properties; at the very least, it must be able to produce a cognition of itself.

In this talk I shall examine some of the arguments developed by the seventh-century M?m??s? philosopher Kum?rila Bha??a in favor of the perceptibility of universals (in the ?k?ti- , Apoha-, and Vanav?da chapters of his ?lokav?rttika) while attempting to discern some of the deeper motives for adopting that position. I propose that Kum?rila was led to do so by compelling philosophical considerations that emerged from his debate with the Buddhists (precursors to Dharmak?rti?) about the nature of meaning and inference.

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