Re: [INDOLOGY] Anekāntavāda - suggestions?

Jeffery Long dharmaprof108 at
Thu Apr 18 19:57:52 UTC 2019

Dear Raja (if I may),
Hopefully, this reply will be of general interest to the entire list.  Anekāntavāda is a topic that is of particular interest to me, so I am happy to share this list.
Probably the best book on this topic is:
Bimal Krishna Matilal, The Central Philosophy of Jainism (Anekāntavāda) (Ahmedabad: L.D. Institute of Indology, 1981)
I also recommend:
Satkari Mookerjee, The Jaina Philosophy of Non-Absolutism: A Critical Study of Anekāntavāda (Delhi:  Motilal Banarsidass, 1978)
Y.J. Padmarajiah, A Comparative Study of the Jaina Theories of Reality and Knowledge (Bombay:  Jain Sahitya Vikas Mandal, 1963)
An excellent recent work which delves into the origins of anekāntavāda is:
Piotr Balcerowicz, Early Asceticism in Jainism: Ājivikism and Jainism(London: Routledge, 2016)

The following article by John Cort provides a great critique of the frequently asserted claim that anekāntavāda historically functions as a philosophy of 'intellectual ahiṃsā':
John E. Cort, “‘Intellectual Ahimsa’ Revisited:  Jain Tolerance and Intolerance of Others” (Philosophy East and West Volume 50, Number 3 July 2000 324-347).
Chapters 5 and 6 of my Jainism: An Introduction (London: IB Tauris, 2009) present, respectively, historical and philosophical analyses of anekāntavāda and the related doctrines, nayavāda and syādvada  These analyses, in turn, are based on my 2000 doctoral dissertation from the University of Chicago, Plurality and Relativity: Whitehead, Jainism, and the Reconstruction of Religious Pluralism.
Paul Dundas' The Jains (London: Routledge, 2002–second edition) and Padmanabh S. Jaini's The Jaina Path of Purification (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979) have relevant sections on anekāntavāda and syādvāda.  I also recommend Tara Sethia's 2004 edited volume, Anekānta and Ahiṃsā (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2004).
This is by no means a complete list, but it is a good start.  I hope you find it useful!
With best wishes,Jeff

Dr. Jeffery D. Long
Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
Elizabethtown CollegeElizabethtown, PA
Series Editor, Explorations in Indic Traditions: Theological, Ethical, and PhilosophicalLexington Books
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    On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:21:57 PM EDT, Raja Rosenhagen via INDOLOGY <indology at> wrote:  
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Dear all,


Greetings from Ashoka University! 

I am primarily a philosopher, but have a background in Indian Studies (especially Hindi and Sanskrit). 

As I am currently compiling a reading list on Anekāntavāda, I would love to receive your suggestions. 


Indeed, every suggestion will be very much appreciated – either via the list (if you think it is of interest to many) or via personal email (see below)!


Thank you and best wishes,



Raja Rosenhagen

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Ashoka University

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