COMMENT AND DISCUSSION An Exclusive Volume on Exclusion Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Research Professor, Central University of Tibetan Studies firstname.lastname@example.org Apoha: Buddhist Nominalism and Human Cognition. Edited by Mark Siderits, Tom Tillemans, and Arindam Chakrabarti. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. Pp. 344. Paper $29.50, isbn 978-0-231-15361-4. I. Introduction Apoha theory could perhaps be understood as a part of the Buddhist program of emancipating people from the clutches of attachment. Dinga and thereafter Dharmakrti, when they developed their epistemology of perception, inference, and language, pointed out that through perception we are associated with unique particulars, which are momentary. We try to give an enduring status to them through thought and language by constructing universals. Thus, thought and language amount to false constructions, and they also mark our attachment to the world. Hence, the realization that helps in preventing such an attachment would imply that inference and language do not really `refer to' or `associate themselves with' what is there, at least in the way in which perception does. But even such a realization cannot be reached without inference and language. In other words, bhvanmay prajñ can be achieved only through rutamay prajñ and cintmay prajñ. Inference and lan guage
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