Saptabhaṅgī: The jaina theory of sevenfold predication: A logical analysis

Philosophy East and West 50 (3):385-399 (2000)
Abstract
The system of sevenfold predication of the Jainas, while an invaluable tool in expounding the Jaina doctrine of "non-onesidedness" (Anekāntavāda), has also been criticized for being unsystematic and contradictory. In particular, the fourth predication has been suggested to embrace a kind of irrationality. An analysis is provided here that makes clear the logical basis underlying the seven predications. An interpretation is also offered of the problematic fourth predication that renders the system free from contradiction, and it is suggested that this interpretation best captures the positive spirit of Anekāntavāda
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