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Title: Argumentation Theory in the Early Tibetan Epistemological Tradition
Author(s): HUGON, Pascale
Journal: Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
Volume: 34 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2011
This paper examines the argumentation theory of the early Tibetan logician Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge (1109‒1169) based on his presentation of proof and refutation in the fifth chapter of his Tshad ma yid kyi mun sel and on parallel passages in his commentary on Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇaviniścaya. It attempts to circumscribe Phya pa’s views in terms of different aspects – logical, formal, situational and functional – involved in the determination of the necessary features of correct proofs. In addition to examining several important modifications of Phya pa’s views in the works of his successors, the paper also raises questions concerning Phya pa’s and his successors’ textual background and the compatibility of some of Phya pa’s tenets with Dharmakīrti’s rules of debate.