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The Nature of Philosophical Argument

Bimal Krishna Matilal

in Perception

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239765
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239765.003.0004

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The Nature of Philosophical Argument

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This chapter aims to provide a somewhat broader perspective of Indian philosophy in the background of which philosophical arguments regarding perception and knowledge were developed. It deals with issues whose relevance with the main theme of this book may not be immediately obvious, but nevertheless the importance of these issues for forming a proper conception of what Indian philosophy is all about. The first section of this chapter contrasts philosophy with soteriology. The second section discusses the Nyāya project of philosophical inquiry. The third section considers debate and dialectic. The term ‘dialectic’ refers to the art of philosophic disputation in ancient India. The last section contrasts negation and refutation.

Keywords: Indian philosophy; soteriology; negation; refutation; dialectic

Chapter.  10086 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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