Ancient Indian version of argumentation in a debate (the logical schematism of “catuskoti”)

Stanislava Rasheva

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, PhD student

Abstract: The article reveals the specifics of the first form of theoretical argumentation during a debate in the ancient Indian spiritual tradition. It presents the evolution of this technology in the Buddhist tradition and explains the importance of this approach for the emergence of the first categories in Indian philosophy. The analysis is based on original sources.

Keywords: prephilosophy; Sanjaya, Budha, Naagaarjuna, catuskoti, public disputes, philosophical dispute, catuskoti

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