This work is evidently an outcome of extensive study of Jaina Agamas at first hand, great industry and philosophical discrimination. The work is not mere descriptive catalogue of contents but sets out to marshall the data on a logical basis It also shows healthy outlook and freedom from dogmatic bias. Though the author takes up the role of an advocate of the dogmas of Jaffna religious tradition, he takes care to distinguish what possesses more dogmatic value from what has intrinsic logical work.
Though the writer's principal concern is with the Jane theory of knowledge, he has elucidated the ontolo-gical concepts of the school that have bearing upon the epistemic problems. His treatment is in the main correct and adequate. The maturity of judgement and sober appraisal of the rival and orthodox positions and their points of agreement and divergence evinced by the author will ensure him the reputation of being one of the pioneer exponents of Jainology in English.
On the whole the work of Mr. lndra Chandra Shastri is a praiseworthy contribution. The Author shows himself capable of rising superior to partisan spirit and parochial vision. The Jaina epistemology like its ethics is an essential factor of Indian culture, heritage and is has entitled to the serious study which it has received in the book. It is creditable for the author that he has fully done justice to his subject and achieved remarkable success in drawing out the philoso-phical implications of the ancient notions to the utmost limit.
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