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A Note on Nirvikalpaka and Savikalpaka Perception

A Note on Nirvikalpaka and Savikalpaka Perception Section de langues et civilizations orientales, Faculté des Lettres, Université de Lausanne Some ten years ago an interesting discussion took place in the pages of this journal. It began with an article by Arindam Chakrabarti (2000) whose title betrays its intention: "Against Immaculate Perception: Seven Reasons for Eliminating Nirvikalpaka Perception from Nyya." There followed a response by Stephen H. Phillips (2001), "There's Nothing Wrong with Raw Perception: A Response to Chakrabarti's Attack on Nyya's Nirvikalpaka Pratyaka," which in turn was commented upon in Chakrabarti's "Reply to Stephen Phillips" (2001). This discussion, as is clear from the titles, concerns the need and even possibility of nirvikalpaka perception. What Chakrabarti tries to do is "to show why we can easily do without nirvikalpaka perception inside the Nyya epistemology" (2000, p. 3). Indeed, his project is "of purging Nyya of indeterminate perception" (ibid.). These and other remarks show that Chakrabarti's intention is not to destroy Nyya epistemology by showing its incoherence or impossibility. He is not just playing around with the idea whether there is a need for nirvikalpaka perception in a system that he considers otherwise inadequate. No, his reflections, as I understand them, clearly cover the issue whether there http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

A Note on Nirvikalpaka and Savikalpaka Perception

Philosophy East and West , Volume 61 (2) – Apr 27, 2011

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Section de langues et civilizations orientales, Faculté des Lettres, Université de Lausanne Some ten years ago an interesting discussion took place in the pages of this journal. It began with an article by Arindam Chakrabarti (2000) whose title betrays its intention: "Against Immaculate Perception: Seven Reasons for Eliminating Nirvikalpaka Perception from Nyya." There followed a response by Stephen H. Phillips (2001), "There's Nothing Wrong with Raw Perception: A Response to Chakrabarti's Attack on Nyya's Nirvikalpaka Pratyaka," which in turn was commented upon in Chakrabarti's "Reply to Stephen Phillips" (2001). This discussion, as is clear from the titles, concerns the need and even possibility of nirvikalpaka perception. What Chakrabarti tries to do is "to show why we can easily do without nirvikalpaka perception inside the Nyya epistemology" (2000, p. 3). Indeed, his project is "of purging Nyya of indeterminate perception" (ibid.). These and other remarks show that Chakrabarti's intention is not to destroy Nyya epistemology by showing its incoherence or impossibility. He is not just playing around with the idea whether there is a need for nirvikalpaka perception in a system that he considers otherwise inadequate. No, his reflections, as I understand them, clearly cover the issue whether there

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Published: Apr 27, 2011

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