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Fragments from Dinnaga
Fragments from Dinnaga
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This treatise, originally written as part of a study of logic in the Early Schools, contains seventeen fragments attributed to Dinnaga by Vacaspati Misra as also confirmed by the Tibetan version of the Pramana-samuccaya, the authorship of which is also attributed to Dinnaga. Sanskrit text transliterated in Roman script, translated and annotated into English. The text deals with the various topics of logic such as Perception, Inference, Valid Testimony, Analigy, Apoha etc.

The book is divided into 22 sections. Section 1 is introductory. It discusses the date of Dinnaga. Section 2 deals with the probable arrangement of topics in the Pramana-samuccaya. Section 3 to 22 contain seventeen fragments which deal with the different topics of Indian logic. Their range is wide. From the description of the valid means of knowledge the extend to the definition of Vada and cover the Vaisesika doctrine of the real.

The book covers two appendices: (1) Dinnaga and Prasastapada. (2) Summary of Buddhist logical doctrine. It is documented with Preface, Bibliography, Abbreviations and Index.

 

Preface

This treatise was originally written as part of a study of Indian logic in the early schools undertaken for the doctorate in philosophy of the University of Oxford. Dr. F.W. Thomas to whom I am greatly indebted for his encouragements and assistance suggested its separate publication and my thanks are due to the council of the Royal Asiatic society for deciding to publish it as a monograph. I desire also to express my gratitude to Mr. A.H. Mackenzie Director of Public government for the grant of study leave which has enabled me to carry out the work.

 

Contents

 

1 Introductory 1
2 The Pramanya Samuccaya 6
3 Fragment A Definition of perception 8
4 Vasubandhu’s Definition 10
5 Fragment B. Manas as an organ of sense 13
6 Fragment C. Contact in vision 14
7 Fragment D. Criticism of the Vasisesika doctrine of the perceptibility of substance 16
8 Fragment E. Testimony not a separate source of knowledge 17
9 Fragment F. The Probandum in an inference 18
10 Fragment G. Experience of an object inseparably connected with another is the instrument of inference 21
11 Fragment H. The threefold canon of syllogism 22
12 A Septenary of types of syllogism 24
13 Vasubandhu as a critic of the Nyaya 25
14 Fragment I Definitions of inference for anther and proof 28
15 Fragment J. The Nine Types of Sullogism 29
16 Fragment K. All middle terms are paksa dharma 34
17 Fragment J. Criticism of the definition of hetu given in Uddyotakara’s reply 36
18 Fragment M. Definition of probans or valid middle term 46
19 Fragment N. Analogy not a separate source of knowledge 48
20 Fragment O. The Object of inference merely ideal 51
21 Fragment P. Definition of vada 54
22 Fragment Q. Criticism of the Vaisesika doctrino of the real universal 56
  Appendix I. Dinnaga and Prasastapada 61
  Appendix II Summary of Buddhist logical doctrines 71
  Index 85

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Fragments from Dinnaga

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About the Book:

This treatise, originally written as part of a study of logic in the Early Schools, contains seventeen fragments attributed to Dinnaga by Vacaspati Misra as also confirmed by the Tibetan version of the Pramana-samuccaya, the authorship of which is also attributed to Dinnaga. Sanskrit text transliterated in Roman script, translated and annotated into English. The text deals with the various topics of logic such as Perception, Inference, Valid Testimony, Analigy, Apoha etc.

The book is divided into 22 sections. Section 1 is introductory. It discusses the date of Dinnaga. Section 2 deals with the probable arrangement of topics in the Pramana-samuccaya. Section 3 to 22 contain seventeen fragments which deal with the different topics of Indian logic. Their range is wide. From the description of the valid means of knowledge the extend to the definition of Vada and cover the Vaisesika doctrine of the real.

The book covers two appendices: (1) Dinnaga and Prasastapada. (2) Summary of Buddhist logical doctrine. It is documented with Preface, Bibliography, Abbreviations and Index.

 

Preface

This treatise was originally written as part of a study of Indian logic in the early schools undertaken for the doctorate in philosophy of the University of Oxford. Dr. F.W. Thomas to whom I am greatly indebted for his encouragements and assistance suggested its separate publication and my thanks are due to the council of the Royal Asiatic society for deciding to publish it as a monograph. I desire also to express my gratitude to Mr. A.H. Mackenzie Director of Public government for the grant of study leave which has enabled me to carry out the work.

 

Contents

 

1 Introductory 1
2 The Pramanya Samuccaya 6
3 Fragment A Definition of perception 8
4 Vasubandhu’s Definition 10
5 Fragment B. Manas as an organ of sense 13
6 Fragment C. Contact in vision 14
7 Fragment D. Criticism of the Vasisesika doctrine of the perceptibility of substance 16
8 Fragment E. Testimony not a separate source of knowledge 17
9 Fragment F. The Probandum in an inference 18
10 Fragment G. Experience of an object inseparably connected with another is the instrument of inference 21
11 Fragment H. The threefold canon of syllogism 22
12 A Septenary of types of syllogism 24
13 Vasubandhu as a critic of the Nyaya 25
14 Fragment I Definitions of inference for anther and proof 28
15 Fragment J. The Nine Types of Sullogism 29
16 Fragment K. All middle terms are paksa dharma 34
17 Fragment J. Criticism of the definition of hetu given in Uddyotakara’s reply 36
18 Fragment M. Definition of probans or valid middle term 46
19 Fragment N. Analogy not a separate source of knowledge 48
20 Fragment O. The Object of inference merely ideal 51
21 Fragment P. Definition of vada 54
22 Fragment Q. Criticism of the Vaisesika doctrino of the real universal 56
  Appendix I. Dinnaga and Prasastapada 61
  Appendix II Summary of Buddhist logical doctrines 71
  Index 85

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