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Dignāga (c.480–c.540)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-F018-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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A logician and epistemologist, Dignāga is traditionally regarded as the founder of a Buddhist school that sought to avoid divisive controversies over which Buddhist writings were authentic by emphasizing logic and epistemology rather than the study of scriptures and their commentaries. His principal contributions consisted of refining the theory of inference and tightening the forms of argument commonly used in debate and polemics. His theories became the basis on which the influential philosopher Dharmakīrti built his system, which became the standard Buddhist scholastic system in India and later in Tibet.

Citing this article:
Hayes, Richard P.. Dignāga (c.480–c.540), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-F018-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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