Relativism, Suffering and Beyond

Relativism, Suffering and Beyond

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Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor(s): P Bilimoria / J N Mohanty
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 385
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195662075


This collection of essays by a distinguished body of scholars is in memory of the late Bimal K Matilal, renowned authority in the field of Indian philosophy. Three main philosophical systems, Buddhism, Vedanta and Nyaya, are investigated in the book.

Professor Matilal was Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics, Oxford University and Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.

The essays range from historical subjects such as the earliest Brahmanical reference to Buddhism to highly specialized philosophical expositions like Gadadhara’s theory of meaning. The volume throws new light on several enduring themes in Indian philosophy, and also raises fresh issues.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Indian philosophy, culture, and religion, Buddhist critiques of Hinduism, and Indological studies.


Lucid, forthright, refreshing, the volume cannot fail to arouse those who turn to philosophy for what Matilal called nourishment of intellect.

This volume, in memory of one of the most learned scholars of philosophy, is comprised of articles from top scholars…superb scholarship…essays cover a wide range of topics…and do justice to the memory of Bimal K Matilal.
-Indian Review of Books

Matilal brought accurate scholarship and a powerful mind to his work.

Matilal’s dedication to the life of the mind was legendary...He showed the continued relevance and viability of our classical learning in a modern and changing world.
-Indian Express


P BILIMORIA is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Deakin University.



Gadadhara’s Theory of Meaning of Pronouns

The Earliest Brahmanical Reference to Buddhism?

Scepticism Revisited: Nagarjuna and Nyaya via Matilal

Matilal on Nagarjuna

Relativism and Beyond: A Tribute to Bimal Matilal

Whose Experience Validates
What for Dharmakirti?

Seeing Daffodils, Seeing as Daffodils and Seeing Thing Called Daffodils

Negative Facts and Knowledge of Negative Facts

Happiness: A Nyaya-Vaisesika Perspective

Causal Connections, Cognition and Regularity:
Comparativist Remarks on David Hume And Sri Harsa

Esa Dharmah Sanatanah: Shifting Moral Values and the Indian Epics

A Note on Identity and Mutual Absence in Navya-nyaya

Emotions as Judgements of Value and Importance

On Sankara’s Attempted Reconciliation of You and I: Yusmadasmatsamanvaya

Two Truths, or One?

Sankara on Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahma

Some Indian Strands of Thought Relating to the Problem of Evil

Outline of an Advaita Vedantic Aesthetics

Religiophilosophical Meditations on the Rgvedic Dictum:
Ekam Sad Vipra Bahudha Vadanti

The Buddhist Theory Concerning the Truth and Falsity of Cognition

A Memoir

List of Publications by B K MATILAL