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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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Jainism and Relativity

Jainism and Relativity

Syada-vada in Einstein and Bohr*

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(p.150) 34 Jainism and Relativity
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Chaturvedi Badrinath
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Tulsi Badrinath

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.003.0034

While being a distinct contribution to the development of Indian logic, the Jaina syada-vada has been, most of all, a realist ethics of not-violence, a-himsa. Badrinath informs the reader that the two are interrelated intimately. Einstein had said that logical thinking which is pure does not yield any knowledge of the empirical world. He further said that the passage from sense impressions to scientific theory is through intuition and sympathetic understanding. In brief, the two revolutions of relativity theory and quantum mechanics and what followed, had rendered naive realism, pure empiricism, pure logical thinking, and materialism, when each claimed to be the only way to knowledge and its certainty, to be incompatible with scientific method. And in all those movements of the New Physics, the Jaina syada-vada and anekanta-vada are clearly manifest.

Keywords:   Theory of Relativity, Jainism, Einstein, syada-vada, anekanta-vada

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