[INDOLOGY] Pūrva-pakṣa

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Wed Jan 4 13:59:52 UTC 2023

Dear Howard,

     To include both aspects, you may wish to call the journal
पूर्वोत्तरपक्षसमुच्चय:. Just a suggestion. Best,


Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Wed, Jan 4, 2023 at 4:34 AM 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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