A Monstrous Inference called Mahāvidyānumāna and Cantor’s Diagonal Argument

Guha, Nirmalya (2016) A Monstrous Inference called Mahāvidyānumāna and Cantor’s Diagonal Argument. J Indian Philosophy, 44. pp. 557-579.

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A mahāvidyā inference is used for establishing another inference. Its Reason (hetu) is normally an omnipresent (kevalānvayin) property. Its Target (sādhya) is defined in terms of a general feature that is satisfied by different properties in different cases. It assumes that there is no (relevant) case that has the absence of its Target. The main defect of a mahāvidyā inference μ is a counterbalancing inference (satpratipakṣa) that can be formed by a little modification of μ. The discovery of its counterbalancing inference can invalidate such an inference. This paper will argue that Cantor’s diagonal argument too shares some features of the mahāvidyā inference. A diagonal argument has a counterbalanced statement. Its main defect is its counterbalancing inference. Apart from presenting an epistemological perspective that explains the disquiet over Cantor’s proof, this paper would show that both the mahāvidyā and diagonal argument formally contain their own invalidators.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mahāvidyā · Kularka Pandita · Mahadeva Bhattavadındra Counterbalancing · Cantor · Diagonal argument
Subjects: Humanities > MCPH Manipal
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email lib.mhl@manipal.edu
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 08:50
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2017 08:50
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/149990

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