Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nyāya Realism

Bimal Matilal seems to be the first modern scholar to employ the term “Nyāya Realism,” and to introduce, discuss, and try to defend it. He obviously employs this term instead of or in favour of “Naive Realism” or “Direct Realism.” He juxtaposes Nyāya Realism to what he calls “Buddhist Phenomenalism and idealism” or “Buddhist phenomenalistic idealism” (favoured by Dharmakīrti). See Matilal 1986: 1–18 (introduction).

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