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Dharmakīrti (c.600–60)

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-F017-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-F017-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved October 22, 2019, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/dharmakirti-c-600-60/v-1

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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.

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Steinkellner, Ernst. Dharmakīrti (c.600–60), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-F017-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/dharmakirti-c-600-60/v-1.
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