Anupalabdi; 1 Definition(s)
Anupalabdi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Anupalabdi (अनुपलब्धि) means “non-perception”, negative/cognitive proof. Anupalabdhi pramana suggests that knowing a negative, such as “there is no jug in this room” is a form of valid knowledge. If something can be observed or inferred or proven as non-existent or impossible, then one knows more than what one did without such means. In the two schools of Hinduism that consider Anupalabdhi as epistemically valuable, a valid conclusion is either sadrupa (positive) or asadrupa (negative) relation—both correct and valuable.
Like other pramana, Indian scholars refined Anupalabdi to four types:
- non-perception of the cause,
- non-perception of the effect,
- non-perception of object,
- and non-perception of contradiction.
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