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Kaṇāda


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(trad. 5th–4th century bce)

Through his authorship of the Vaiśeṣikasūtra, Kaṇāda is considered to be the founder of the Vaiśeṣika darśana. He is also called Kaṇabhakṣa/Kaṇabhuj, ‘grain-eater’ (in reference to the Vaiśeṣikas' atomic theory), and ‘the owl’ (ulūka), but nothing is known about his life. The extant Vaiśeṣikasūtra is probably a composite text, put together around the turn of the Common Era.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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