Pascale Hugon, Toru Tomabechi (eds.), 2011
Dharmakīrti's Pramāṇaviniścaya: Chapter 3 (parārthānumāna) critically edited. (STTAR 8.) Beijing, Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House and Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2011. (XLVII+224 S.)
The Sanskrit original of the third chapter of the Pramāṇaviniścaya, a fundamental work of Buddhist epistemology and logic by the Indian philosopher Dharmakīrti, who was active in the first half of the 7th century CE, is presented here for the first time in the form of a critical edition. The first two chapters of this work, devoted to perception and inference, respectively, have already been edited by Prof. Ernst Steinkellner and appeared in the same series in 2007. In the third and final chapter (parārthānumāna-pariccheda) of his work, Dharmakīrti deals with the subject of argumentation in the context of philosophical debate. The present edition is based on two complete and three incomplete manuscripts that are in the collection of photocopies at the China Tibetology Research Center, Beijing, as well as a single folio from the National Archives, Kathmandu. The introduction explains the editorial conventions, adduces additional information regarding the available sources and their relationships, and discusses in particular the relevance of using the 11th-century Tibetan translation by rNgog Blo ldan shes rab as a testimonium. The appendices include corrections to the Tibetan text, a register of the marginalia, and a list of the verses recording the variants in the Pramāṇavārttika. A detailed synoptic analysis, a bibliography, and indices of names, textual references and verses complete the work.