Reading Bhaṭṭa Jayanta on Buddhist Nominalism

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Patrick McAllister, ed., 2017
Reading Bhaṭṭa Jayanta on Buddhist Nominalism. (BKGA 95.) Wien: VÖAW, 2017 (order online).
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Reading Bhaṭṭa Jayanta on Buddhist Nominalism explores a historical discussion of the apoha theory, a form of nominalism developed by Buddhist philosophers in ancient India. The book’s first part introduces the debate with an edition and translation of the section of Bhaṭṭa Jayanta's Nyāyamañjarī where this theory is presented both through the criticism of its opponents and the defense of its proponents.

In the second part, individual studies examine points mentioned in the source text, highlighting crucial steps in the development of the apoha theory.

The table of contents is as follows:

  1. Part: The Nyāyamañjarī on Buddhist Nominalism
    • A Critical Edition of Bhaṭṭa Jayanta’s Nyāyamañjarī by Kei Kataoka
    • The Apoha Section of the Nyāyamañjarī by Alex Watson and Kei Kataoka
  2. Part: Discussions
    • The Qualifier-Qualificand Relation and Coreferentiality by Hideyo Ogawa
    • On vyāvṛtta by Pascale Hugon
    • On Śākyabuddhi’s Interpretation of the Apoha Theory by Kensho Okada
    • The Introductory Verse of Dharmottara’s Apohaprakaraṇa by Hisataka Ishida
    • Dharmottara’s Notion of āropita by Kei Kataoka
    • Understanding a Philosophical Text by Elisa Freschi & Artemij Keidan
    • Competing Theories of Conceptual Cognition by Patrick McAllister

For more details and to order the book, please visit the homepage of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

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