Bimal Krishna Matilal

in Perception

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239765
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680014 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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This book introduces, discusses, and tries to defend a form of realism called Nyāya realism simply because this stands closest to the position upheld by the adherents of the Nyāya school in the Indian philosophical tradition. Historically this position is pitted against Buddhist phenomenalism and idealism. The book mainly presents Nyāya realism and Buddhist phenomenalism in their historical context. It also attempts, if only impressionistically, to show what place Buddhist phenomenalism occupies in the whole range of such philosophical views as ‘sense data’ theory, scientific phenomenalism, and rcprcsentationalism, and whether arguments in favour of Nyāya realism could counterbalance such views.

Keywords: naïve realism; Nyāya reaslim; Indian philosophy; idealism; Buddhism; perception

Chapter.  7104 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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