Apohasiddhi

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This project on Indian language theory examines important aspects of the Buddhist theory of exclusion (apoha theory), which is the core of the Buddhist language theory developed by the logico-epistemological school following Dignāga. The project's main focus is on the form the apoha theory took in the works of Jñānaśrīmitra (ca. 980–1040 CE) and his disciple Ratnakīrti (ca. 1000–1050 CE). During the first phase of the project, Ratnakīrti's Apohasiddhi, a text establishing the main points of the apoha theory in this stage of its development, was critically edited and translated, and important influences on the work were collected and assessed. In the second phase, research focuses on forms of the theory prevalent in ninth to tenth century Kashmir.

The project is a part of the FWF-sponsored National Research Network The cultural history of the Western Himalaya from the 8th century.

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Öster­reichi­sche Aka­demie der Wissen­schaften
Institut für Kultur- und Geistes­geschichte Asiens
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