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The Lost Age of ReasonPhilosophy in Early Modern India 1450-1700$
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Jonardon Ganeri

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218745

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199218745.001.0001

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Interventions in a New Research Programme

Interventions in a New Research Programme

(p.145) 11 Interventions in a New Research Programme
The Lost Age of Reason

Jonardon Ganeri

Oxford University Press

This chapter establishes the principal source of the uncertainties, gaps, and difficulties in Gaṅgeśa Upādhyāya's epistemology. Gaṅgeśa's use of the expression ‘a way of gaining knowledge (pramāṇa) is now an instrumental cause of true belief (pramā)’ implies that nothing other than true belief can be produced by a way of gaining knowledge. However, Gaṅgeśa's model produces a tension between wanting to give a purely causal account of the processes of true belief and wanting to preserve the evaluative nature of epistemic assessment. The tension is most evident in handling problems about epistemic luck.

Keywords:   GaṅgeŚa Upādhyāya, epistemology, pramāṇa, pramā, true belief, evaluative nature, epistemic assessment, epistemic luck

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