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Sa skya Paṇḍita (1182–1251)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-F032-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The philosophical importance of Sa skya Paṇḍita (Sagya Paṇḍita) lies in his clarification of the tradition of logic and epistemology established by Dharmakīrti. He actively promoted the study of Dharmakīrti’s thought in Tibet as a propaedeutic to the study of other systems of Buddhist philosophy as well as to a Buddhist account of knowledge; knowledge is a crucial element in the Buddhist tradition, for ignorance is considered the main obstacle to liberation, the summum bonum of the tradition. Like Dharmakīrti, Sa skya Paṇḍita held that the only two types of knowledge are perception and inference. Perception presents us with real individual objects, while inference enables us to consider these individuals in a conceptual way, in terms of universals; however, it is a mistake to regard these universals as real.

Citing this article:
Dreyfus, Georges B.J.. Sa skya Paṇḍita (1182–1251), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-F032-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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