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Nyaya

On How To Argue with a Buddhist

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Parimal Patil
Date: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 -
15:00 to 16:30
Location: 
OCHS Library

In this seminar, we will explore what was at stake, both philosophically and otherwise, for Brahmanical philosophers in debates with Buddhist opponents. We will focus, in particular, on Nyāya arguments for the existence of Īśvara and Buddhist counterarguments. 

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Parimal

Motivation to the Means in the Philosopher’s Stone

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Parimal Patil
Date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 -
15:00 to 16:30
Location: 
OCHS Library

This seminar is an exploration of theories of religious action and meta-ethics in late pre-modern Indian philosophy of religion. We will focus on these theories as they are introduced by the Nyāya philosopher Gaṅgēśa in his Tattvacintāmaṇi. 

 
Parimal G. Patil is Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy at Harvard University, where is Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies. His primary academic interests are in Sanskrit philosophy and the intellectual history of religion in India.
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Professor Parimal

Navya Nyaya language and methodology: Padartha

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Piyali Palit
Date: 
Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 17:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

The Indian model of philosophical analysis, technically devised by the Neo-Logicians, known as the Navya Nyaya school, places forth a PRAMA-oriented picture of the World (visva). This world features four basic constituents stated as (i) pramata, the knower, (ii) prameya, the knowables, (iii) pramana, the process of knowing, and, (iv) pramiti, the knowledge achieved by the pramana. Nothing in this world is left out of these broad categories, i.e., each and every entity in this world must find its place in any of those characters noted above.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Piyali

Cognition and Knowledge

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Piyali Palit
Date: 
Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 11:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

This lecture will continue the themes of the first. Here we will focus on the process of encoding/decoding (sabda-vyavahara) following Navya Nyaya language and methodology

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Piyali

Nyaya's pramana (Knowledge-Generators) as Natural Kinds

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Conference 2009
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Stephen Phillips
Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 16:30
Location: 
Somerville College

This paper examines Nyaya's understanding of the sources of knowledge, especially perception and inference, as generating genuine subkinds of cognition that are discernible by introspection as well as through our own and others' behaviour, and addresses how typological resources are used by the school in its epistemological theory. By being able to recognize a cognition as perceptual, inferential, analogical, or testimonial in character, we have access to our knowledge such that doubt and controversy can be resolved. The hinge premise is that we may assume such cognition to be veridical.

First name (inc. titles): 
Stephen