Anekant: Reflections And Clarifications ► [02] The Doctrine of Anekānta In Its Right Perspective ► Conclusion

Posted: 28.12.2009

The doctrine of anekānta is not meant for contradicting other absolutist views. It is enunciated for finding out the nature of truth. The nature of reality (sat) is explained through two view-points (naya)—substantial and modal. The naya is essentially an absolutist view. The purpose of anekānta is not to contradict absolutist view. Relative absolutist view is in conformity with the doctrine of ane-kānta. It is only the non-relative absolutist view that has been reviewed by the doctrine of anekānta. This sort of review took place in the middle age—the philosophical era. In the agama-era, it was propounded only to describe the nature of sat.

- Translated into English by
Professor MuniMahendra Kumar
Jain Vishva BharatiInstitute, Ladnun

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