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By Parimal Patil

Philosophical arguments for and opposed to the life of God were an important to Euro-American and South Asian philosophers for over a millennium. serious to the heritage of philosophy in India, have been the centuries-long arguments among Buddhist and Hindu philosophers in regards to the life of a God-like being referred to as Isvara and the spiritual epistemology used to help them. by means of targeting the paintings of Ratnakirti, one of many final nice Buddhist philosophers of India, and his arguments opposed to his Hindu competitors, Parimal G. Patil illuminates South Asian highbrow practices and the character of philosophy throughout the ultimate section of Buddhism in India.

Based on the recognized collage of Vikramasila, Ratnakirti introduced the entire diversity of Buddhist philosophical assets to undergo on his critique of his Hindu rivals' cosmological/design argument. At stake in his critique was once not anything lower than the character of inferential reasoning, the metaphysics of epistemology, and the relevance of philosophy to the perform of faith. In constructing a formal comparative method of the philosophy of faith, Patil transcends the disciplinary limitations of non secular stories, philosophy, and South Asian experiences and applies the extraordinary paintings of philosophers like Ratnakirti to modern matters in philosophy and faith.

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2) The second view, which is usually associated with the new Nyaya school (navyanyaya), is that the instrument is, as discussed in KTBh 137, “that which is excluded from a non-connection with the culminating effect” ( phalayogavyavacchinna) and “that which does not produce the relevant effect with delay” ( yadvilambat prakrtakaryanutpadah). 06 as “the cause which seizes hold of the culminating effect” ( phalopadhayakakaranam). Also see Matilal 1985:373. On this view what I am calling the functioning intermediary is itself the instrument.

In this chapter and the next, I explore what Ratnakirti’s texts explicitly and implicitly tell us about their debate and its significance. Along the way, I also provide an introduction to Nyaya epistemology and an analysis of Ratnakirti’s interpretation and critique of the Irvara-inference. For someone approaching Sanskrit philosophical texts for the first time, what is most striking and difficult to grasp is the language and style of Sanskrit epistemology. 1 As a result, it was often through discussions of specific technical terms and concepts that Sanskrit philosophers chose to express their views on very basic philosophical problems.

Without understanding this technical language, it is simply impossible to appreciate and understand even the general character of Sanskrit philosophy of religion, let alone the specific details of interreligious debates between Buddhist and Nyaya phi losophers. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an introduction to the philosophical language and style of Sanskrit epistemology, and to Buddhist and Nyaya theories of inferential reasoning more specifically. I seek to develop a conceptual vocabulary for understanding both the philosophical details of Ratnakirti’s debate with his Nyaya opponents and what is at stake in it.

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