Apoha: 7 definitions
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General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Śāntarakṣita
Apoha (अपोह) refers to the Buddhist “exclusion theory”—a negative process of exclusions (or apoha) eliminates that which contradicts the referred object.—Apoha or exclusions typically involves a double negation. Because in Buddhism the absence of something is a fiction in that absences are not caused and do not function, exclusions can be used to explain away universals as the referents of words. Because negations are fictions, this lightens the ontological commitment. A distinction is drawn between entities and pseudo-entities. Only particulars are real; negations are not real, but they are also not universals. Universals are positive or affirmative, whereas exclusions are negative.
Kumārila levels three criticisms of apoha theory in particular: that it is circular, that it is counter-intuitive, and that it is redundant. Śāntarakṣita’s response to these criticisms begins by describing three primary types of negations which he equates with exclusions: non-implicative negations (niṣedha, med dgag) and two types of implicative negations (paryudāsa, ma yin dgag): mental exclusions and object exclusions.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra Vol-i
Apoha (अपोह) refers to “resolution of doubts” and represents one of the eight dhīguṇas (eight qualities), named in the Yogaśāstra, comentary p. 53a (Bhavnagar ed.). An alternative explanation offered by the commentary for ūha and apoha is that ūha is general knowledge and apoha specialized knowledge”.
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
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Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) Removing, driving away, healing &c.
2) Removal of doubt by the excercise of the reasoning faculty.
3) Reasoning, arguing; reasoning faculty.
4) Negative reasoning (opp. ūha) (aparatarkanirāsāya kṛto viparītastarkaḥ). one of the dhiguṇas q. v. स्वयमूहापोहासमर्थः (svayamūhāpohāsamarthaḥ); इमे मनुष्या दृश्यन्ते ऊहापोहविशारदाः (ime manuṣyā dṛśyante ūhāpohaviśāradāḥ) Mb.13. 145.43. ऊहापोहमिमं सरोजनयना यावद्विधत्तेतराम् (ūhāpohamimaṃ sarojanayanā yāvadvidhattetarām) Bv.2.74; hence ऊहापोह (ūhāpoha) = complete discussion of a question.
5) Excluding all things not coming under the category in point; तद्वानपोहो वा शब्दार्थः (tadvānapoho vā śabdārthaḥ) (where Maheśvara paraphrases apoha by atadvyāvṛtti i. e. tadbhinnatyāgaḥ),
6) A superfluous member attached to a structure of some construction.
Derivable forms: apohaḥ (अपोहः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-haḥ) 1. The removal of doubt by the exercise of the reasoning faculty. 2. Reasoning, arguing. E. apa reverse, ūha to reason, and ghañ affix; opposed to doubt or deliberation.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Apoha (अपोह).—i. e. apa-ūh + a, m. Disconnecting reasoning, Mahābhārata 13. 6725.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Apoha (अपोह):—[from apoh] m. pushing away, removing
2) [v.s. ...] (in disputation) reasoning, arguing, denying.
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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The Tattvasangraha [with commentary] (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 961-963 < [Chapter 16 - Examination of the Import of Words]
Verse 956 < [Chapter 16 - Examination of the Import of Words]
Verse 929 < [Chapter 16 - Examination of the Import of Words]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 12: Sermon by Svāmin Siṃhakeśarin < [Chapter III - Vasudeva’s Marriage with Kanakavatī and her Former Incarnations]
Part 10: Episode of Caṇḍakauśika < [Chapter III - Mahāvīra’s first six years as an ascetic]
Appendix 3.1: additional notes < [Appendices]
The Buddhist Philosophy of Universal Flux (by Satkari Mookerjee)
Chapter VII - The Doctrine of Apoha or the Import of Words < [Part I - Metaphysics]
Chapter I - The Nature of Existence < [Part I - Metaphysics]
Bhagavati-sutra (Viyaha-pannatti) (by K. C. Lalwani)
Part 2 - On the knowledge of Law on hearing < [Chapter 31]
Part 1 - On the knowledge of the Law without hearing < [Chapter 31]
Chapter 9: Rājarṣi Śiva < [Book 11]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 1 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 9 - The six Padārthas: Dravya, Guṇa, Karma, Sāmānya, Viśeṣa, Samavāya < [Chapter VIII - The Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Philosophy]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)