The Two Pratyabhijñā Theories of Error

Journal of Indian Philosophy 40 (2):225-257 (2012)
In this essay, it is argued that Abhinavagupta’s theory of error, the apūrṇakhyāti theory, synthesizes two distinguishable Pratyabhijñā treatments of error that were developed in three phases prior to him. The first theory was developed in two stages, initially by Somānanda in the Śivadṛṣṭi (ŚD) and subsequently by Utpaladeva in his Īśvarapratyabhijñākārikās (ĪPK) and his short autocommentary thereon, the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvṛtti (ĪPVṛ). This theory served to explain individual acts of misperception, and it was developed with the philosophy of the Buddhist epistemologists in mind. In a third phase, Utpaladeva developed in his Śivadṛṣṭivṛtti (ŚDVṛ) a second theory of error, one that involved the noncognition of non-duality ( abhedākhyāti ) and served to explain both the appearance and perception of multiplicity, despite the strict monism to which all Pratyabhijñā authors subscribe. Abhinavagupta’s treatment of error, then, is significant not only because it was meant to explain all the various theories of error offered by opposing philosophical schools, as Rastogi has shown, but more importantly because it synthesized the thinking of his predecessors on the matter in a single, elegant account of error
Keywords Pratyabhijñā   apūrṇakhyāti   abhedākhyāti   abheda  Error  Buddhist epistemologists
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10781-011-9130-3
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 26,188
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Otherness in the Pratyabhijñā Philosophy.Isabelle Ratié - 2007 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 35 (4):313-370.
Did Dignāga Accept Four Types of Perception?Eli Franco - 1993 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 21 (3):295-299.
Dharmakīrti and His Commentators on Yogipratyaksa.Jeson Woo - 2003 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 31 (4):439-448.

View all 13 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
The Evidence for Somānanda's Pantheism.John Nemec - 2014 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 42 (1):99-114.
Pratyabhijñā and Philology.Rafaele Torella - 2013 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 133 (4):705.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
In Defence of Error Theory.Chris Daly & David Liggins - 2010 - Philosophical Studies 149 (2):209-230.
The Error In 'The Error In The Error Theory'.Richard Joyce - 2011 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (3):519-534.
Can We Believe the Error Theory?Bart Streumer - 2013 - Journal of Philosophy 110 (4):194-212.
Otherness in the Pratyabhijñā Philosophy.Isabelle Ratié - 2007 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 35 (4):313-370.
Moral Error Theory and the Argument From Epistemic Reasons.Richard Rowland - 2013 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 7 (1):1-24.
Evolution and Error Theory.John Mizzoni - 2010 - Social Science Information 49 (2):165-194.
Error, Malpractice, and the Problem of Universals.Brendan P. Minogue - 1982 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 7 (3):239-250.
Quasi-Realism and Fundamental Moral Error.Andy Egan - 2007 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85 (2):205 – 219.
Hybridizing Moral Expressivism and Moral Error Theory.Toby Svoboda - 2011 - Journal of Value Inquiry 45 (1):37-48.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

8 ( #484,424 of 2,153,864 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #398,005 of 2,153,864 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums