[INDOLOGY] Attantya Abhava
michael.williams at univie.ac.at
Tue Jan 3 09:55:04 UTC 2017
Generally vandhyāsūtas and śaśṛṅgas are examples of what the
Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika philosophers refer to as "aprasiddha" terms, i.e. terms
that have no established object-correlate in the real world. In
Navya-Nyāya texts, the term atyanta(abhāva) is used to describe the
temporal extension of an absence but not its spatial extension (i.e. the
extent of its occurrence in real-world objects), hence Ingalls and
others translate it as "constant absence". In theory, anything (apart
from kevalānvayin properties and perhaps other special types of
properties or entities) could be the counterpositive of a constant
absence at least in a particular location or set of locations. The
Nyāyakośa defines it as : yad vastu yatra na kadāpi bhaviṣyati na ca
kadācid bhūtaṃ tasya vastunas tatrātyantābhāvo mantavyaḥ | yathā vāyau
rūpaṃ nāstīti pratītisākṣiko 'bhāvaḥ |
So an example could be the constant absence of colour in the wind.
Am 03.01.2017 07:27, schrieb alakendu das:
> To ALL,
> A very very happy new year to All.
> In the Vaishisheka parlance, Abhava ( i.e.negation) has been
> classified as- Prag-Abhav,
> Dhangsh-Abhava and Attyanta-Abhava.
> Can anybody suggest an example of Attyanta Abhava.?
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