Jain Philosophy

Jeffery D. Long

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Jain Philosophy

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Jainism shares the soteriological orientation of the Vedic systems and Buddhism, thereby blurring, as these systems do, the line drawn in the West between “philosophy” and “religion.” This article focuses on those dimensions of Jainism of most interest to philosophers in the West—ontology, epistemology, logic, linguistics, and ethics—setting aside such dimensions as ascetic practice, meditation, and ritual activity, though with the understanding that these “religious” dimensions of the tradition are of vital importance to the Jains themselves, and important constituents of the total environment in which Jain philosophical reflection has occurred.

Keywords: Indian philosophy; Jainism; ontology; epistemology; logic; linguistics; ethics

Article.  4882 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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