The categories in Vai?es? ika:

Known and named 1

Authored by: ShashiPrabha Kumar

History of Indian Philosophy

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415309769
eBook ISBN: 9781315666792
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The chapter enumerates the ontological categories of the Vai?e?ika school, perhaps one of the earliest of the systemized dar?ana-s in the Indic tradition. The categories numbering six (and later seven) form the core of the metaphysics or one might even call natural philosophy, which had influence on other systems, particularly the Ny?ya. The belief among the V?i?e?ikas is that anything which exists and can be given a name and thus belongs to the class or subclass of ‘pad?rtha’, In other words, designation depends on knowability; therefore that which has the capacity to be the object of knowledge is pad?rtha.

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