1644004Indological Studies

Numbering Code G-LET13 71644 SJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Wed.5
Instructor name VASUDEVA,Somdev (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course We will read the sections of the 17th century Nyayasiddhantamuktavali of Visvanatha with excerpts from the Dinakari and Ramarudri commentaries. The purpose of this class is to become familiar with the language an style of the modern Nyaya school by reading one of the most popular primers. The focus will be on learning the technical terminology and the basic method of analysis by looking at the definitions of the valid means to cognition and related topics.
Course Goals Students will learn how to read the later forms Sastric Sanskrit and discuss the prerequisites expected from the intended reader. At first students will focus on learning the fundamentals of the new style of navyanyaya analysis. Then students will learn to analyze definitions more precisely by employing the newly introduced typology of qualifiers such as avacchedaka, visesana, visesya, prakara etc. The final goal is for students to become able to successfully parse the basic definitions of the valid means of cognition.
Schedule and Contents Week 1-2: The history of Inferential Pervasion (vyapti).
Weeks 3-8: The definitions of vyapti in the Nyayasiddhantamuktavali.
Weeks 9-14: Analysis of definitions.
Week 15: Summary and conclusion.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Evaluation is based on regular attendance, participation in class discussions and by asking relevant questions. A short essay touching on any issue in the texts we have read and discussed is to be submitted by week 15.
Course Requirements Ability to read basic Sanskrit.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Begin by reading:

Wada, Toshihiro, 1989: "lndo-shin-ronrigaku ni okeru seigensha (avacchedaka) (1)" (Delimitor (avacchhedaka)
in Navya-Nyaya (1)), Tokai-Bukkyo 34: 79-88.


The Karikavali of Vishwanath Panchanana Bhatta with the Commentary Siddhanta-Muktavali. Edited with notes by Mahadev Gangadhar Bakre. Bombay: Nirnayasagara Press, 1906.

Karikavali-Muktavali. Edited with the Dinakri of Dinakara and the Ramarudri of Ramarudra by Harirama Sukla. Kashi Sanskrit Series 6. Varanasi: Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office, 1951.
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