On Arthapatti

Guha, Nirmalya (2015) On Arthapatti. Journal of Indian Philosophy, 44 (4). pp. 757-776. ISSN 00221791

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Arthāpatti (postulation) does not depend on observation of pervasion or background belief. It is certain in the sense that when S cognizes P through postulation, no other epistemic instrument (pramāṇa) would invalidate P. The Naiya¯yika tries to reduce postulation to anumāna and/or tarka. I shall argue that it is neither. Due to its explanatory role, one may think that postulation plays an essential role in lakṣaṇā or indication. But this too is a misconception. Both tarka and lakṣaṇā depend on observation and background knowledge. Neither of them has the epistemic certainty postulation enjoys. I think, due to its observation-independent nature and certainty, postulation can be seen as the source of the knowledge of the truths of reason.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arthāpatti · Inference · Abduction · Tarka · Lakṣaṇā
Subjects: Humanities > MCPH Manipal
Depositing User: MCPH User
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 05:04
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 05:04
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/152462

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