Buddhist Epistemology (<i>pramāṇavāda</i>)

Tom J. F. Tillemans

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Buddhist Epistemology (pramāṇavāda)

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This article provides an introduction to Buddhist epistemology. It flattens out a number of the philosophical and exegetical differences between major Buddhist Epistemologists, concentrating primarily on Dharmakīrti's views. Historically, Dharmakīrti was the main source for important Buddhist writers on epistemology from the seventh to ninth centuries as well as for the influential later Indian philosophers. Dharmakīrti's “seven works on epistemology” (tshad ma sde bdun) were also the source for the rich Tibetan traditions of tshad ma-studies (i.e., pramāṇavāda).

Keywords: Buddhist philosophy; Buddhist epistemologists; Dharmakīrti

Article.  5687 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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