[INDOLOGY] Pūrva-pakṣa

Howard Resnick hr at ivs.edu
Wed Jan 4 20:55:32 UTC 2023

I am deeply grateful to all the scholars who very kindly helped me with this. 


> On Jan 4, 2023, at 8:59 AM, Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:
> Dear Howard,
>      To include both aspects, you may wish to call the journal पूर्वोत्तरपक्षसमुच्चय:. Just a suggestion. Best,
> Madhav
> 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 <mailto: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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