Attention: This page reflects the state of 2011. It is meant for documentary purposes and will not be updated any longer.

Kumārila (ca. 600–650), a representative of the Brahmanic tradition of Mīmāṃsā, which is particularly concerned with the exegesis of Veda and ritual analysis, is one of the most influential philosophers apart from his main adversary Dharmakīrti (ca. 600–660) and like him, greatly shaped the philosophy of the following centuries. In his Ślokavārttika, Kumārila ponders questions of ontology, epistemology, philosophy of language, ethics, religion, and many others. The codanā chapter occupies an important place in his work, since here he debates the definition of dharma, the central term of the tradition. In this context, Kumārila develops innovative models of argumentation for the truth theory of enlightenment and language, for the critique of omniscience, especially of Buddha's omniscience, and for the justification of ritual killing. Shortly after the start of the project, on 1 April 2005, Dr. Kei Kataoka assumed the position of Associate Professor for Indian philosophy at Kyushu University. Nevertheless, he was able to continue and conclude his work on the project from Japan.

Publications


Kei Kataoka, 2011
Kumarila on Truth, Omniscience and Killing: Part 1: A Critical Edition of Mimamasa-Slokavarttika ad 1.1.2 (Codanasutra). Part 2: An Annotated Translation of Mimamsa-Slokavarttika ad 1.1.2 (Codanasutra). (BKGA 68.) Wien: VÖAW, 2011 (order online).

Project Data