Nyaya-Vaisheshika categories (Study)

by Diptimani Goswami | 2014 | 61,072 words

Summary: This essay studies the Nyaya-Vaisheshika categories with special reference to the Tarkasangraha by Annambhatta.—Both Nyaya and Vaisesika are schools of ancient Indian Philosophy, and since early times they were compliment to each other, ultimately fusing together as Nyayavaisheshika. The categories (Sanskrit: padarthas) refers to “objects of cognition”, knowing which, liberation can be attained. While Gautama in his Nyayasutra mentiones sixteen categories, Kanada, in his Vaishesikasutra, mentions only six.

The Tarkasangraha of Annambhatta (1623 A.D.), together with his auto-commentary (the Dipika), deals with the Nyayavaisesika philosophy and is regarded as the most comprehenisive traditional treatise on this school. This study investigates how the Tarkasamgraha reflects the various categories of both Nyaya and Vaisheshika.

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