Logic and Inference in Indian Philosophy - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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Logic and Inference in Indian Philosophy

By the fifth century BCE great social change was taking place in India and a period of intense intellectual activity came into being. Rational inquiry into a wide range of topics was under way, including agriculture, architecture, astronomy, grammar, law, logic, mathematics, medicine, phonology, and statecraft. Aside from the world's earliest extant grammar, Pāṇini's (c. 400 BCE) Aṣṭādhyāyī, however, no works devoted to these topics actually date from this period. Nonetheless, scholars agree that incipient versions of first extant texts on these topics were being formulated.

One text dating from this period and important to tracing the development of logic in classical India is a Buddhist work, Moggaliputta Tissa's Kathā-vatthu (Points of controversy; third century BCE...

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