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Peter S. Borkowski

The Abridged Nyaya-Sutras: An Introductory Guide


Abridged Nyaya Sutras by Peter S. Borkowski
Indian logic is a broad field that has been developing for over two thousand five hundred years. It is rigorously complex in all its theoretical aspects and is respected and studied as much today as in the past. This is a very condensed exposition for the purposes of introducing readers to the text and inspiring them to pursue further study into the details of the original and the debates that ensued throughout the early middle ages.
Nyaya succeeds by enabling philosophic activity to be an art of living and not just another theory about the universe... Philosophy may not take anything for granted, the necessity of every assumption must be established. It must be capable of explaining all things consistently from the Great Absolute to a blade of grass. It must not contradict the facts of experience, conceptual or perceptual... It must be realistic as well as idealistic; it must not be a brutal materialism, worshiping facts and figures and ignoring values, idealizing science, and denying spirituality. Nor must it be predominantly a philosophy of values that evades and ignores all connection to facts... It is not enough merely to interpret reality as perceived by the senses; it must explain both sides of reality, change and the unchangeable, being and becoming, permanent and impermanent, animate and inanimate... The need is to unite them in deep abiding harmony.

Theos Bernard, Hindu philosophy. The Philosophical Library. New York. 1947. pp.2-3
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