The Nyayasutra against the Pasupata Conception of God

An Old Interpretation with New Proof

Authors

  • Sándor Pajor Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/rosa.20908

Keywords:

Nyāya, Indian logic, Nyāya theology, God in Nyāya, existence of God

Abstract

In this paper, I present some possible interpretations of the Nyaya theistic argument, mostly following the analysis of C. Bulcke, highlighting his original interpretation. Other interpretations, which follow the explanations in the Nyayabhasya and the Nyayavarttika, are also presented, as well as an anthropocentric reading introduced by D. H. H. Ingalls, and a sixth possible interpretation suggested by Ferenc Ruzsa. Of course, there are other scholarly accounts of the theistic sutras of the Nyayasutra, but they fall outside the scope of this paper. Before I progress to an analysis of these interpretations, I briefly discuss the development of early Nyaya literature so that we can have a better understanding of this system and the legitimacy of numerous interpretations of the very same sutras.

Author Biography

Sándor Pajor, Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem

Sándor Pajor earned his PhD at Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Budapest. His research focus is mainly on early Nyāya and the dialogue of the Nyāya and Buddhist philosophers. Sándor Pajor is a contractual lecturer at Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem, Budapest.

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Published

2021-11-17

How to Cite

Pajor, S. . (2021). The Nyayasutra against the Pasupata Conception of God: An Old Interpretation with New Proof. Religions of South Asia, 15(1), 48–66. https://doi.org/10.1558/rosa.20908

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