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Journal of Indian Philosophy

, Volume 42, Issue 2–3, pp 309–326 | Cite as

Ratnakīrti and Dharmottara on the Object of Activity

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Abstract

This article examines two Buddhist explanations of how a conceptual cognition, whose object is a universal, can give rise to activity that leads to a particular. In both theories, that of Dharmottara and that of Ratnakīrti, this activity is due to a kind of error. A detailed investigation of how this error happens shows that there were big differences in the two underlying epistemological models.

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Buddhist epistemology Conceptual cognition Determination Dharmottara Ratnakīrti 

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