49. Well Qualified: the Jains on Truth

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Does the Jain theory of seven predications (saptabhaṇgī) land them in self-contradiction, or help them to avoid it?



Further Reading

• H.S. Bhattacharya (trans.), Vādi Devasūri’s Pramāṇa-naya-tattvālokālaṃkāra (xxx: 1967).


• P. Balcerowicz, “The Logical Structure of the Naya Method of the Jainas,” Journal of Indian Philosophy 29 (2001), 379-403.

• P. Balcerowicz, “Do Attempts to Formalise the Syād-vāda Make Sense?” in P. Flügel and O. Qvarnström (eds), Jaina Scriptures and Philosophy (London: 2015), 181-248.

• J. Ganeri, “Jaina Logic and the Philosophical Basis of Pluralism,” History and Philosophy of Logic 23 (2002), 267–81.

• P. Gokhale, “The Logical Structure of Syādvāda,” Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research 8 (1991), 73–81.

• J.M. Koller, “Syādvāda as the Epistemological Key to the Jaina Middle Way Metaphysics of Anekāntavāda,” Philosophy East and West 50 (2000), 400-7.

• B.K. Matilal, “The Jaina Contribution to Logic,” in B.K. Matilal, The Character of Logic in India (Albany: 1998), 127–39.

• S. Sanghvi, “Anekāntavāda: The Principal Jaina Contribution to Logic,” in S. Sanghvi, Advanced Studies in Indian Logic and Metaphysics (Calcutta: 1961), 15–28, 77–110.


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