A Hindu Critique of Buddhist Epistemology

Kumarila on Perception: The 'Determination of Perception' Chapter of Kumarila Bhatta's Slokavarttika - Translation and Commentary

By John Taber

Foreword by Francis X. Clooney

© 2004 – Routledge

284 pages

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About the Book

This is a translation of the chapter on perception of Kumarilabhatta's magnum opus, the Slokavarttika, one of the central texts of the Hindu response to the criticism of the logical-epistemological school of Buddhist thought. In an extensive commentary, the author explains the course of the argument from verse to verse and alludes to other theories of classical Indian philosophy and other technical matters. Notes to the translation and commentary go further into the historical and philosophical background of Kumarila's ideas. The book provides an introduction to the history and the development of Indian epistemology, a synopsis of Kumarila's work and an analysis of its argument.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction 'The Determination of Perception' (PratyakOapariccheda): Text and Commentary Part 1 Part 2 The Sanskrit Text of the PratyakOapariccheda References Index

About the Author

John Taber is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches courses in Asian thought and continental philosophy. His research has focussed on the history of Indian philosophy, especially logic, epistemology, and metaphysics during the classical period, 500-1200 C.E. He is also the author of Transformative Philosophy: a Study of Sankara, Fichte, and Heidegger.

About the Series

Routledge Hindu Studies Series

This series, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, intends primarily  the publication of constructive Hindu theological, philosophical and ethical projects aimed at bringing Hindu traditions into dialogue with contemporary trends in scholarship and contemporary society. The series invites original, high quality, research level work on religion, culture and society of Hindus living in India and abroad. Proposals for annotated translations of important primary sources and studies in the history of the Hindu religious traditions will also be considered.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
RELIGION / Hinduism / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General