The book 'Relation as Real: A Critique of Dharmakirti' is the result of intensive and critical study on the arguments forwarded by Dharmakirti on the unreality of Relation in his book Sambandhapariksa. Apart from his metaphysical commitments to the Buddhist Logic and Epistemology Dharmakirti had developed some independent arguments given from the common sense level in favour of denying 'Relation'. So far no philosopher belonging to Nyaya school has come forward to refute or critically evaluate the arguments given by Dharmakirti. An effort has been made to refute and evaluate Dharmirti's view by way of showing some philosophical problems and paradoxes in his theories. Ultimately it has been shown that Relation has to be accepted as belonging to the category of Real and a reconstruction is suggested in Dharmakirti's theory to accomodate such an idea.
About the Author:
RAGHUNATH GHOSH, Professor of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, W.B. India, is specialised in Navya Nyaya system of Logic, Indian Philosophy and Modern Indian Philosophy. He has published three books, twenty research papers in Edited Volumes and sixty papers in different professional journals. He taught Philosophy at NEHU, Shillong and was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, University of Poona and in the Department of Sanskrit, Jadavpur University, Calcutta.