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Gadādhara (1604–1709)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-F019-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Gadādhara Bhaṭṭācārya was a seventeenth-century Indian philosopher belonging to a school of thinkers, Navya-Nyāya, noted for its extreme realism and its contributions to philosophical methodology. Though Gadādhara’s commentaries on the school’s key texts are recognized as among the latest, most detailed and innovative, his greater claim to fame is due to his composition of a number of independent tracts on topics in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, ethics and legal theory. He may be credited in particular with the discovery of a version of the pragmatic theory of pronominal anaphora. His work on case grammar and inferential fallacies is highly admired in India, while recent translations into English have begun to make him better known outside.

Citing this article:
Ganeri, Jonardon. Gadādhara (1604–1709), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-F019-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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