x, 125p., Bib., Index, 23 cm. (Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica Series No.208)
CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction 2. The Concept of Sambandha in Navya Nyaya 3. Dharmakirti on Relation 4. Critique of Dharmakirti and Sambandha as Real 5. A critique of Modern Thinkers 6. Dharmakirti's Theory : Certain Paradoxes and A Reconstruction
The book Relation as Real : A Critique of Dharmakirti is the result of intensive and critical Study on arguments forwarded by Dharmakirti on the unreality of relation in his book Sambandhapariksa. Apart from his Metaphysical commitments to the Buddhist Logic and Epistemology Dharmakirti had developed some independent arguments given from the common Sense Level in favour of denying 'Relation'. So far no Philosopher belonging to Nyaya School has come forward to refute or critically evaluate the arguments given by Dharmakirti. An effort has been made to refute and evaluate Dharmakirti's view by way of showing some Philosophical problems and paradoxes in his theories. Ultimately it has been shown that Relation has to be accepted as belonging to the category of Real and a reconstruction is suggested in Dharmakirti's theory to accommodate such an idea."