Classical Indian Philosophy of Induction

Classical Indian Philosophy of Induction : The Nyaya Viewpoint

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The work gives a survey of major contemporary, western and Indian views on the problem of induction and offers a solution to the classical problem of induction and the Grue paradox following the Nyaya perspective. The main focus is on Gangesa, the founder of Navya Nyaya, but other views including those of Buddhists, Jains, Vedantins, Carvaka, Hume, Russell, Reichenbach, Carnap, Popper, Goodman, and Quine are also discussed.show more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English, Sanskrit
  • 0739122762
  • 9780739122761

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One of the primary virtues of this book is its thoughtful organization... [T]his volume is accessible to those unfamiliar with classical Indian epistemology (pramana-sastra) and will be a tremendous resource to specialists and nonspecialists alike. Philosophy East and West Chakrabarti demonstrates convincingly that Indian philosophical analyses of induction out-distance and often chronologically anticipate Western treatments. Furthermore, he shows that the problem of the justification of induction is more satisfactorily solved in Indian than in contemporary analytic philosophy. -- Karl H. Potter, University of Washington This is an erudite philosophical exploration of Nyaya logic and epistemology, with special attention to Nyaya theories of induction. This volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in classical Indian philosophy, but also for those who care about the continued vitality of the Nyaya school and the relevance of the Indian tradition to contemporary philosophical problems. -- Jay Garfield, Smith College; Central University of Tibetan Studies; University of Melbourneshow more

About Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti

Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti is professor and chair of religion and philosophy and distinguished scholar in residence at Davis and Elkins College. He is author of The Logic of Gotama, Definition and Induction, Classical Indian Philosophy of Mind, and Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements and Abbreviations Chapter 3 1. The Problem of Induction: East and West Chapter 4 2. The Later Nyaya Solution Chapter 5 3. The Method of Generalization (Vyaptigrahopayah) Chapter 6 4. Counterfactual Reasoning (Tarkah) Chapter 7 5. Universal Based Extraordinary Perception (Samanyalaksanapratyaksa) Chapter 8 6. Earlier Views of Adjuncts (Upadhivadah) Chapter 9 7. The Accepted View of Adjuncts (Upadhivadasiddhantah Chapter 10 8. Classification of Adjuncts (Upadhivibhagah) Chapter 11 9. Sriharsa's Khandanakhandakhndyam on Pervasion Chapter 12 10. Selected Passages from Prabhacandra'sPrameyakamalamartanda on Critique of Pervasion and Inference Chapter 13 11. Selections from Dharmakirti's Nyayabindu on Non-Perception as a Probans Chapter 14 Selected Bibliographyshow more

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