Logic in Earliest Classical India

Logic in Earliest Classical India

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Item Code: IHG018
Author: Brendan S. Gillon
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9788120834491
Pages: 202
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0 inch X 5.7 inch
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The last two decades of Indological research have led to a marked increase in the investigation of logic in India, especially in the earliest period of classical India. A panel of senior and junior scholars from America, Asia, and Europe, all specialists working in this area, was concerned at the 12th World Sanskrit Conference, held in Helsinki in the summer of 2003. This volume contains not only their papers, which address both philosophical and philological matters pertaining to logic as propounded in texts from this period, but also an introduction designed to permit non-specialists, whether non-Indologists or non-philosophers, to learn about Indian logic in its infancy.

Brendan S. Gillon is an associate professor at McGill University. In addition to his translation work in collaboration with Richard P. Hayes on key portions of the Svathanumana chapter of Dharmakirti’s Pramanavarttika, a watershed text in the development of logic in India, he is the author of many articles on natural language semantics. He is also the coeditor of Semantics: A Reader, published by oxford University Press (2004).

Petteri Koskikallio and Asko Parpola, secretary general and President, respectively, of the 12th World Sanskrit conference, are Finnish Indologists. Asko Parpola is Professor Emeritus of South Asian and Indo-European studies at the University of Helsinki.


Brendan S. Gillon
Logic in Early Classical India: An Overview1
Karin Preisendanz
Reasoning as a Science, its Role in early Dharma Literature, and the Emergence of the Term nyaya27
Ernst Prets
On the Proof passage of the Carakasamhita: Editions, Manuscripts and Commentaries67
Birgit Kellner
The logical reason called virodhin in Vaisesika and its significance for connection-based theories of reasoning87
Eli Franco
The discussion of pramanas in the spitzer manuscript121
Chizuko Yoshimizu
The logic of the Samdhinirmocanasutra: Establishing right reasoning based on similarity (sarupya) and Dissimilarity (vairupya)139
Brendan S. Gillon
Obversion and contraposition in the Nyayabhasya167
Akihiko Akamatsu
Anumana in Bhartrhari’s Vakyapadiya183
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