Against a Hindu God (Buddhist Philosophy of Religion in India)

Against a Hindu God (Buddhist Philosophy of Religion in India)

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Item Code: NAG090
Author: Parimal G. Patil
Publisher: Dev Publishers and Distributors
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9789381406038
Pages: 417
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 10 inch X 6.5 inch
Weight 810 gm
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Philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God have been crucial to Euro-American and South Asian Philosophers for over a millennium. Critical to the history of philosophy in India were the centuries-long arguments between Buddhist and Hindu philosophers about the existence of a God-Like being called Iswara and the religious epistemology used to support them. By focusing on the work of Ratnakirti one of the last great Buddhist philosophers of India and his arguments against his Hindu opponents, Parimal G.Patil illuminates South Asian intellectual practices and the nature of philosophy during the final phase of Buddhism in India.

Based at the famous university of Vikramasila, Ratnakirti brought the full range of Buddhist philosophical resources to bear on his critique of Hindu opponents' cosmological/design argument. At stake in his critique was nothing less than the nature of inferential reasoning, the metaphysics of epistemology, and the relevance of philosophy to the practice of religion. In developing a proper comparative approach to the philosophy and South Asian studies, philosophy and South Asian studies and applies the remarkable work of philosophers like Ratnakirti to contemporary issues in philosophy and religion.



  Introduction 1
1 Comparative Philosophy of Religious 3
  1. Disciplinary Challenges 5
  2. A Grammar for Comparison 8
  3. Comparative Philosophy of Religious 21
  4. Contents, Structure, and Arguments 24
  Part I. Epistemology 29
2 Religious Epistemology in Classical India:  
  In Defense of a Hindu God 31
  1. Interpreting Nyaya Epistemology 35
  2. The Nyaya Argument for the Existence of Isvara 56
  3. Defending the Nyaya Argument 69
  4. Conclusion: Shifting the Burden of Proof 87
3 Against Isvara: Ratnakisti's Buddhist Critique 100
  1. The Section on Pervasion: The Trouble with Natural Relations 102
  2. Two Arguments 127
  3. The Section on the Reason Property 150
  4. The Section on the Target Property 163
  5. Conclusion: Is Isvara the Maker of the World? 172
  Part 2. Language , Mind, and Ontology 195
4 The Theory of Exclusion, Conceptual Content, and Buddhist Epistemology 197
  1.The Theory of Exclusion 200
  2. What Exclusion Is Not 202
  3. Semantic Value 211
  4. Ratnakirti's Inferential Argument 239
  5. Conclusion: Jnanasrimitra's There Questions 243
5 Ratnakirti's World: Toward a Buddhist Philosophy of Evening 248
  1. An Inventory of Mental Objects/Images 250
  2. The Contents of Perception 253
  3. The Contents of Inferential/Verbal Awareness 278
  4. Nonexistence, Existence, and Ultimate Existence 288
  5. The Iswara-Inference, Revisited 299
  6. Conclusion: Who Create the World? 309
  Conclusion 311
6 The Values of Buddhist Epistemology 313
  1. Foundational Figures and Foundational Texts 315
  2. The Soteriogical Significance of Epistemology 328
  3. Jnanasrimitra on Epistemology as Pedagogy 337
  4. Ratnakirti's Framework of Value 353
  5. Conclusion: Religious Resinous Reasoning as Religious Practice 359
  References 365
  Index 391

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