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Dharmakīrti (c.600–60)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-F017-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Dharmakīrti represents the philosophical apex of the Buddhist contribution to Indian thought of the post-systematic period. On the basis of Dignāga’s late works he developed a system of epistemology with a strong emphasis on logic, propounding it both as an explanation and defence of Dignāga’s thought. His logic, particularly, was new; in order to create a system of Buddhist logic proper, it clearly established the general Indian idea that logical relations are founded in reality. Buddhist epistemology as shaped by Dharmakīrti became a strong and influential rational tradition in late Indian Buddhism and has been studied and continued in Tibet up to the present time.

Citing this article:
Steinkellner, Ernst. Dharmakīrti (c.600–60), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-F017-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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