This course introduces the ontology and classificatory schema of the merged system of Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika as presented in the primer named Tarka-saṅgraha, which is reviewed with refined definitions and logical arguments using the Navya-nyāya terminology. Using a key commentary named Dīpikā, the course develops the system of definitions and logic, and the generation of the complex terminology and technical language which came to be regarded as a benchmark of intellectual expression across all Hindu śāstras.
In this course students will be able to:
- Understand the ontological schema of the universe according to the empirical / realist school of thought in the Vedic systems of Philosophy.
- Recognize how definitions are improvised and enhanced to obtain faultlessly accurate descriptions of various entities in the universe and their characteristics.
- Ability to work with i.e. sort and define entities and attributes of other knowledge systems and work domains.
Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies
Required / Elective: Elective
Prerequisites: Completion of the Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic course
Faculty / Instructor: Prof M A Alwar
Quarter Offered: Summer Quarter