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Doubt, Belief and Knowledge

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From the Jacket:   This volume deals with some questions about doubt and belief, but mainly with various aspects and forms of knowing and different types of objects of knowledge - the nature of logical laws, contradiction, paradox, a priori truths, universals - and also with the problem of induction. The last three chapters deal mainly with the Navya-Nyaya theory of cognition and its different forms. About the Author: Sibajiban Bhattacharyya, formerly Acharya B.N. ...

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This volume deals with some questions about doubt and belief, but mainly with various aspects and forms of knowing and different types of objects of knowledge - the nature of logical laws, contradiction, paradox, a priori truths, universals - and also with the problem of induction. The last three chapters deal mainly with the Navya-Nyaya theory of cognition and its different forms.

About the Author:

Sibajiban Bhattacharyya, formerly Acharya B.N. Seal Professor of Mental and Moral Science at Calcutta University, is a distinguished philosopher. His contributions in the field of modern logic and Navya-Nyaya have received international acclaim. He taught philosophy at Saugar, Burdwan, Visva-Bharati and North-Bengal universities. Currently, he is Director of the Institute of Universal Spiritual Values at the Asiatic Society, Calcutta. Professor Bhattacharyya has published a large number of scholarly papers in various learned journals both in India and abroad. His pioneering works include Gadadhara's Visayatavada (text edited with notes, introduction and English translation).

 

Preface

This is a collection of papers, many published and some un-published, written between 1955 and 1975, although some have appeared in print only recently. These papers deal with some questions about doubt and belief, but mainly with various aspects and forms of knowing and different types of objects y of knowledge—the nature of logical laws, contradiction, paradox, a priori truths, universals—and also with the problem of induction. The last three papers deal mainly with the Navya— Nyaya theory of cognition and its different forms. The unpublished papers included in this book were all written during 1974.—75, when I was a Visiting Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and I thank Professor S. C. Dube, the then Director of the Institute, for providing me with everything I needed to complete my work. The Indian Council of Philosophical Research has undertaken to publish this collection of papers in the form of a book and I am grateful to the Council for its interest in my work.

 

CONTENTS

 

  Preface v
1. Can Doubt Be Doubted? 1
2. Descartes' Doubt 6
3. Believe Me 19
4. Knowing That 33
5. Knowing That One Knows 50
6. The Concept of Cognitive Reference 62
7. The Nature and Function of Reason in Plato and Kant 77
8. The Concept of Logic 94
9. Logic and Ontology 113
10. Contradiction and Paradox 121
11. The Concept of the A Priori and Some Allied Concepts 135
12. Universals and Family Resemblances 153
13. Infinite Regress in Relation 160
14. Justifying Inductive Inference 172
15. The Concept of Proof in Indian Mathematics and Logic 193
16. Some Principles and Concepts of Navya-Nyaya Logic and Ontology 201
17. Some Aspects of the Navya-Nyaya Theory of Inference 245
18. Some Aspects of the Navya-Nyaya Theory of Pervasion 268
  Notes and References 301
  Bibliography 305

 

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Item Code: IDE077 Author: Sibajiban Bhattacharyya Cover: Hardcover Edition: 1987 Publisher: Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) ISBN: 8170230160 Language: English Size: 8.8" X 5.8" Pages: 315
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