How do we know what we know? The most prominent means of knowledge for Indian philosophers are direct perception (pratyakṣa
), inference (anumāna
) and authority (śabda
). Then there is the much debated “postulation” (arthāpatti
), a point of controversy among Mimamsa, Nyaya, and Buddhist philosophers.
Consisting of translations of central primary texts and newly-commissioned scholarly essays, Controversial Reasoning in Indian Philosophy: Major Texts and Arguments on Arthâpatti
(Bloomsbury Academic) is a ground-breaking reference resource for understanding arthāpati
, and debates in Indian philosophy at large.
is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Humanities Division of Yale-NUS College, Singapore.
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