NEW BOOK> P. McAllister, "Ratnakīrti’s Proof of Exclusion"

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Dear colleagues,

I would like to announce a recent publication that may be of interest to some of you:

Patrick McAllister, “Ratnakīrti’s Proof of Exclusion”, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 2020.

From the cover:

“The theory of universals that was developed and upheld by Buddhist philosophers in premodern India since the sixth century CE is famous for its central claim that any judgment of a similarity between things is due not to anything substantially real that the things share, but to their difference from other things (/anyāpoha/).  This book investigates the theory as it is presented in the /Apohasiddhi/, a work written by the Buddhist monk and teacher Ratnakīrti in the eleventh century, during the last flowering of philosophical activity in Indian Buddhism.”

The book is available for purchase, here:'s-proof-exclusion

The book is freely available as a PDF, thanks to generous funding by the Austrian Academy’s Open Access Fund, here:

With best wishes (and apologies for cross-posting),

Patrick McAllister

Phone: + 43 1 51581 6423

Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA)
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Hollandstraße 11+13, Room 2.45
1020 Vienna, Austria

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