Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies (Volume 10: Jain Philosophy (Part I))

By: Dalsukh Malvania & Jayandra Soni

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The philosophy of Jainism is the subject of a large body of literature, but a great deal of it consists of standard summary reviews that are not sufficiently accurate to bring out the uniqueness of Jain thought. The core thesis of Jain philosophy is that of anekantavada. Such a rendering by itself fails to get to the unique contribution of the Jain position, which is just that every serious account of the world contains elements of truth, but that any single linguistic expression must fail to comprehend all those patially true perspectives or viewpoints, not because those viewpoints are false, but because the complete truth is not consistently expressible in any natural language, since any such expression must necessarily involve contradictions. The Jain position leads to evident problems in assessing any of the philosophical thesis broached by a Jain-are we to take them as truth-claims, or as merely some among an indefinite incompatible ways of looking at the world? If the latter, how can a Jain saint have or gain knowledge-can he grasp collectively all the indefinite number of true theories? And if the former, what happens to the truths presumed to be contained in each of the incompatible alternative viewpoints? Printed Pages: 842.

Title: Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies (Volume 10: Jain Philosophy (Part I))

Author Name: Dalsukh Malvania & Jayandra Soni

Categories: India, Philosophy,

Edition: Second Reprint

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2014

ISBN: 8120831691

ISBN 13: 9788120831698

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Keywords: Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies (Volume 10: Jain Philosophy (Part I)) Dalsukh Malvania & Jayandra Soni