The author of this volume, an accomplished philologist, historian and philosopher, analyzes the relevant earlier and later texts and traces the epistemological foundations of Pali canonical thought from the Vedic period onwards. Originally published in 1963, it sheds new light on later developments and elucidates from the Indian point of view some of the basic problems of the conflict between metaphysics and logical and linguistic analysis.
1. The Historical Background – Vedic 2. The Historical Background II – Non Vedici – Materialism 3. The Historical Background III – Non Vedici II – Sceptics, AJivikas and Jains 4. The Attitude to Authority 5. The Attitude to Reason 6. Analysis and Meaning 7. Logic and Truth 8. Authority and Reason Within Buddhism 9. The Means and Limits of Knowledge