Indian Rational Theology: Proof, Justification, and Epistemic Liberality in Nyāya's Argument for God

Asian Philosophy 21 (1):1-21 (2011)
In classical India, debates over rational theology naturally become the occasion for fundamental questions about the scope and power of inference itself. This is well evinced in the classical proofs for God by the Hindu Nyāya tradition and the opposing arguments of classical Buddhists and Mīmāsā philosophers. This paper calls attention to, and provides analysis of, a number of key nodes in these debates, particularly questions of inferential boundaries and whether inductive reasoning has the power to support inferences to wholly unique entities (like God).
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DOI 10.1080/09552367.2011.536631
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