On Being and What There Is: Classical Vaisesika and the History of Indian Ontology

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SUNY Press, Jul 28, 1992 - Religion - 303 pages
Halbfass (Indian philosophy, U. of Pennsylvania) combines specialized philological and conceptual investigations with general philosophical and comparative reflections to present a history of the ontology of the Vaisesika system, which is commonly considered the lowest of the Vaisesika school, he focuses on the older period up to Udayana, whose work paves the way for Navyanyaya. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

General Historical
21
Genesis Enumeration and the Question of Being
47
An Introductory Survey
69
The Vaiseșika Concept of Substance
89
The Vaiseșika Concept of Guņa and the Problem
113
The Conceptualization of Being in Classical Vaiseșika
139
Genesis and Temporal Existence in Early and Classical
169
The Vaiseșika Concept of Time
205
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229
Selected Ontological Texts
237
The Concept of Višeșa and the Name of the Vaiseșika
269
Ontological Terms in Classical Vaiseșika
277
Abbreviations
285
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Wilhelm Halbfass (1940 2000) was Professor of Indian Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of India and Europe: An Essay in Understanding; Tradition and Reflection: Explorations in Indian Thought; and the editor of Philology and Confrontation: Paul Hacker on Traditional and Modern Vedanta; all published by SUNY Press.

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