Dharmakīrti's philosophical work

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Dharmakīrti's Early Logic

Research: Ernst Steinkellner

The logical theory created by Dignāga (ca 480-540 C.E.) becomes authoritative for the subsequent famous Buddhist epistemological tradition in the form of the theory's interpretation through Dharmakīrti (ca 600-660 C.E.). As all of Dharmakīrti's works are available in either Sanskrit or Tibetan translations, it is possible to follow the gradual development of Dharmakīrti's major logical theorems, e.g., his ideas on the logical nexus and its ascertainment. The starting point is a work written in his youth, the Pramanavarttikavrtti, generally referred to as Pramanavarttikasvavrtti, in which a wealth of new ideas are presented for the first time, although, in part, the arrangement of its system is as yet still imperfect, being disrupted by both shorter and more lengthy digressions. The annotated translation of the main body of this work, the portions dealing with logic properly speaking, is an attempt at an interpretation focussing on its context and tries to view the work unrestrained by later, more doxographic generalisations. Ideally, this should present for the first time a reliable starting point for the analytic appreciation of Dharmakīrti's later elaboration on the relevant theorems.

Dharmakīrtis Hetubindu, critical edition

Research: Helmut Krasser

On the basis of a CTRC copy of a complete codex unicus extant in Lhasa of the Sanskrit original of Dharmakīrtits work on the theory of a logical reason (hetu) and the critical edition of the Tibetan text together with a reconstruction of the Sanskrit text published by Steinkellner 1967, a critical edition is under preparation.

Dharmakīrti's Pramāṇaviniścaya

Chapters 1 und 2

Research: Ernst Steinkellner

On the basis of CTRC copies of two complete and three incomplete codices of the Sanskrit original of Dharmakīrti's second major work (1st half 7th cent. C.E.) in Lhasa as well as the critical editions of the Tibetan translation of chapter 1 (VETTER 1966) and of chapter 2 (STEINKELLNER 1973) a critical edition has been prepared for publication in the institute's publication series STTAR.

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Chapter 3

Research: Toru Tomabechi, Pascale Hugon

A critical edition of chapter 3 (on "proof") is prepared by Prof. Tom Tillemanns (Lausanne), Tomabechi and Hugon. This edition has been published in the 8th Volume of the STTAR series in 2012.

Publications

  • Pascale Hugon, Toru Tomabechi, ed., 2011
    Dharmakīrti's Pramāṇaviniścaya: Chapter 3 (parārthānumāna) critically edited. (STTAR 8.) Beijing, Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House and Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2011.
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