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A Comparative Study of the Jaina Theories of Reality and Knowledge
A Comparative Study of the Jaina Theories of Reality and Knowledge

A Comparative Study of the Jaina Theories of Reality and Knowledge

by Y J Padmarajiah

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Language

English

Publisher

Motilal Banarsidass

ISBN

8120800362 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 423

Binding

Hardcover

Y J Padmarajiah

Author: Y J Padmarajiah
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 423
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120800362

Description

The book is divided into two parts (bound in one Volume). Part I is related to the nature of reality. The author formulates five types of approach to the problem of Reality, and discovers flaws in the four: The only approach which he finds flawless is the Jaina view, namely of identity in difference in which identity is co-ordinate with difference.

The author proceeds to discuss how aspects of reality, viz. the relational structure and causal efficiency and shows that the two can exist and function only within the framework of a co-ordinate identity in difference, accepted by the Jaina thinkers. This is followed by a search for the meaning and content of the notion of substance and an attempt is made to distinguish between the concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic attributes.

Part 2 presents an analytical account of the methods of knowledge recognized by the Jaina thinkers under the characteristic doctrines of standpoints and the conditional predication by an investigation into the nature and the logical evolution of the theory of manifoldness (Anekantavada).

Contents

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

EDITOR’S NOTE

PART I: ONTOLOGY (THE NATURE OF REALITY)

CHAPTER I
A Preliminary Statement of an Important Vedantic and Buddhistic Objection against the Jaina view of Reality

CHAPTER II
A Study in Contrasts

CHAPTER III
The Schools of Philosophy in which Identity Subordinates Difference

CHAPTER IV
The Schools of Philosophy in which Difference Subordinates Identity

CHAPTER V
The Jaina Philosophy of Identity-in-Difference in which Identity is Co-ordinate with Difference

CHAPTER VI
The Externalistic Doctrine of Identity-in-Difference versus the Doctrine of a Unique and Integral Synthesis of Identity-in-Difference

CHAPTER VII
Is Relation an Entity

CHAPTER VIII
A Consideration of Two controversies Concerning Dravya and Guna with a view to clarifying the Nature of Both

PART II: EPISTEMOLOGY

CHAPTER IX
Anekantavada or the theory of manifoldness

CHAPTER X
Nayavada or the theory of Standpoints

CHAPTER XI
Syadvada or the dialectic of conditional Predication

CONCLUSION

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEXES

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