BOOK REVIEW The Nyāya-sūtra: Selections with Early Commentaries. Translated, with Introduction and Explanatory Notes, by Matthew Dasti and Stephen Phillips. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. x + 248. Paper $19.00. ISBN 978-1- 62466-616-2. Reviewed by Mark Siderits Illinois State University firstname.lastname@example.org This work is a translation of selected sutras of the Nyāya-sūtra (traditionally attributed to Gautama), together with relevant extracts from three commentaries: Nyāya-sūtra-bhāṣya of Vātsyāyana; Nyāya-vārttika of Uddyotakara; and Nyāya-vārttika-tātparya-ṭīkā of Vācaspatimiśra. The translators’ introduction gives a general overview of the (Prācina) Nyāya school, its overall aims, and its place within classical Indian philosophy. Each of the nine chapters covers a particular topic in the Nyāya scheme: knowledge sources (pramāṇas), philosophical method, the Nyāya defense of metaphysical realism, the self, substance and causation, God, theory of meaning, value theory, and debate. For a given topic there will be sūtras stating the Nyāya position, and commentary giving arguments in support as well as objections and replies. Each chapter begins with a translator’s introduction meant to familiarize the reader with the issues under examination and the technical terminology to be employed in that examination. Translations of commentary passages are typically followed by a translator’s explication and summary. But the
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