Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 1998 - Buddhism - 519 pages
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The book is based primarily on the source material available in the Pali Canon, studied historically and philosophically in the light of the contemporary, earlier and later literary evidence related to the subject. The antiquity and authenticity of the material is vouchsafed by the literary, linguistic, ideological, sociological and historical evidence existing in to Pali Canon itself. The book traces the origin of the theory of knowledge and its development in early Buddhism--the Hinayana Buddhism of Pali Canon. The book is documented with a Preface, List of Abbreviations, an Appendix, Chronological Table of Schools, Bibliography and Index.
 

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Contents

ABBREVIATIONS
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797 The conception of intellectual release without
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unsupported by the historical and textual evidence
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pages Introductory observations 15 The germs
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from the Nikayas for the existence of Arthasastra
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THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND II
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Subsections Relation to earlier traces of scepticism
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for the birth of scepticism 145152 The rational
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of knowledge 304305 The criticism of testimony
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THE ATTITUDE TO REASON 205276
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modern parallels 469481 Other senses
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LOGIC AND TRUTH 333368
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part of the intelligentsia 349359 The debate
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theory that the fourfold logic violates the law
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THE MEANS AND LIMITS OF KNOWLEDGE 416476
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four types of reasoners and the meaning of takkika
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in the Pali Nikayas 158170 The similarity with
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of the Ajivikas 195200 Their interest in causal
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Their claims to mystical intuition 213215
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knowledge 231243
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THE ATTITUDE TO AUTHORITY 169204
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tradition 289293 The criticism of parampara
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ANALYSIS AND MEANINO 277332
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443 The critical and analytical outlook 444451
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INDEX 495519
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