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  Vaidalyaprakarana: Refutation of Logic
By: Nagarjuna: Tola, tr.




 
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Author: Nagarjuna, F. Tola, C. Dragonetti
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 8120809203
Publication Date: 1995/2004

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ZIB MO RNAM PAR HTHAG PA ZES BYA BAHI RAB TU BYED PA
The Vaidalyaprakarana belongs to the Madyamika school of Buddhist Philosophy and is attributed to Nagarjuna; it is an important treatise of polemical character directed against the Naiyayikas. Its aim is to demonstrate the logical impossibility of the existence of the Nyaya categories or padarthas as enumerated and dealt with in Gautama's Nyayasutra and Vatsyayana's Bhasya thereof. It belongs to the Indian philosophical tradition which did not admit the pramanas as valid means of knowledge and which thereby could be called the "agnostic tradition". [...]
The original Sanskrit of the Vaidalyaprakarana has not been preserved and this treatise is only known by its Tibetan translation. Notwithstanding its importance, no translation into an Indian or Western language has been published till now.
The present book contains an Introduction in which the authorship of the Vaidalyaprakarana is discussed, reaching the conclusion that, although the facts analyzed by the authors "may not undoubtedly discard the authorship of Nagarjuna, at least they provoke a doubt regarding it - a doubt that is stronger in regard to the commentary". It also contains the edition of the Tibetan text on the basis of the Sde-dge, Cone, Peking and Snarthan editions, an English translation and a Commentary by the authors, on the doctrinary contents of the treatise, and finally notes giving parallel pertinent texts.

Vaidalyaprakarana: Nagarjuna's Refutation of Logic, Nagarjuna, Edition, English Translation and Commentary by Fernando Tola and Carmen Dragonetti, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 209 pages, $15.00

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