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The Nyāya-sūtra

The Nyāya-sūtra

Selections with Early Commentaries

Translated, with Introduction and Explanatory Notes, by Matthew Dasti and Stephen Phillips

Forthcoming - September 2017 - 248 pp.

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Cloth 978-1-62466-617-9
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Paper 978-1-62466-616-2
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"Matthew Dasti and Stephen Phillips have done the philosophical world, and teachers and students of philosophy, a great favor in presenting this superb translation of major portions of the Nyāya-sūtra with selections from its most important commentaries. This text is central to the history of Indian epistemology and metaphysics, and was influential well beyond the world of Nyāya, and its most important philosophical passages are presented here. Dasti and Phillips’ translations of this often-technical text are fluent and clear, rendering it in accessible but precise philosophical English. Their explanatory notes are clear, accurate, and concise. The inclusion of substantial extracts of the commentaries of Vātsyāyana, Vācaspatimiśra, and Uddyotakara is especially welcome. Not only do these masterful commentaries extend and explain the philosophical ideas in the sūtra, but they demonstrate to the reader the importance of reading this text through the commentarial tradition it inspires and the vitality of that tradition. This will be a valuable resource to scholars as well as to teachers and students."  —Jay Garfield, Professor of Philosophy, Smith College

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Often translated simply as "logic," the Sanskrit word nyāya means "rule of reasoning" or "method of reasoning." Texts from the school of classical Indian philosophy that bears this name are concerned with cognition, reasoning, and the norms that govern rational debate. This translation of selections from the early school of Nyāya focuses on its foundational text, the Nyāya-sūtra (c. 200 CE), with excerpts from the early commentaries. It will be welcomed by specialists and non-specialists alike seeking an accessible text that both represents some of the best of Indian philosophical thought and can be integrated into courses on Indian philosophy, religion, and intellectual culture.

 

Reviews:

"Matthew Dasti and Stephen Phillips have done the philosophical world, and teachers and students of philosophy, a great favor in presenting this superb translation of major portions of the Nyāya-sūtra with selections from its most important commentaries. This text is central to the history of Indian epistemology and metaphysics, and was influential well beyond the world of Nyāya, and its most important philosophical passages are presented here. Dasti and Phillips’ translations of this often-technical text are fluent and clear, rendering it in accessible but precise philosophical English. Their explanatory notes are clear, accurate, and concise. The inclusion of substantial extracts of the commentaries of Vātsyāyana, Vācaspatimiśra, and Uddyotakara is especially welcome. Not only do these masterful commentaries extend and explain the philosophical ideas in the sūtra, but they demonstrate to the reader the importance of reading this text through the commentarial tradition it inspires and the vitality of that tradition. This will be a valuable resource to scholars as well as to teachers and students."
      —Jay Garfield, Professor of Philosophy, Smith College

"I have been teaching Introduction to Hindu Philosophy courses for almost twenty years and have always lamented the lack of a usable, student-friendly reader on Nyāya, which, of all the Vedic schools, is the one most committed to rational argumentation. Dasti and Phillips’ volume fills the bill beautifully and will be the go-to source in the field for a good generation and more."
      —Edwin F. Bryant, Professor of Religion, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

 

Contents:

Acknowledgements, Bibliographical Preface, Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Knowledge Sources
  • Chapter 2: Doubt and Philosophical Method
  • Chapter 3: In Defense of the Real
  • Chapter 4: Self
  • Chapter 5: Substance and Causation
  • Chapter 6: God
  • Chapter 7: Word and Object
  • Chapter 8: The Right and the Good
  • Chapter 9: Debate

Appendix A: Outline of the Nyāya-sūtra

Appendix B: List of Sūtras Translated by Chapter

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms

Index

 

About the Authors:

Matthew Dasti is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bridgewater State University.

Stephen Phillips is Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin.

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