[INDOLOGY] Pūrva-pakṣa

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 12:50:42 UTC 2023

Yes, your understanding is correct, Prof. Howard Resnick.

Shaastraartha or Vaakyaartha or Vaada may represent the argumentative
approach from both sides in a better way.

On Wed, Jan 4, 2023 at 6:04 PM Howard Resnick <hr at ivs.edu> wrote:

> Dear Scholars,
> Some friends of mine plan to publish a journal on Vaiṣṇava polemics and
> apologetics, both internal and external, and they want to name the journal
> Pūrva-pakṣa, which MW renders as "the first objection to an assertion in
> any discussion, the prima facie view or argument in any question.”
> Since these scholars want to refute, or at least problematize,
> philosophical and theological objections to their own traditional
> doctrines, I thought the title inappropriate. My view has been that
> pūrva-pakṣa simply refers to a view or argument that one hopes to refute.
> It does not refer both to the opposing view, and also to one’s refutation
> of that view.
> Have I understood this correctly?
> Many thanks,
> Howard
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Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Senior Director, IndicA
BoS, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, Maharashtra
BoS Kavikulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Maharashtra
BoS Veda Vijnana Gurukula, Bengaluru.
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