Definitely Maybe: the Realm of Perspective & Truth in Jainism

Статті: Історія філософії

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  • David Patrick Vanden

Keywords:

Jainism, anekantavada, multi-perspective, ultimate /partial truth

Abstract

One of the central doctrines of Jainism is anekantavada, the idea that reality is many-fac- eted. It means that no point of view or perception can be a complete truth but can only be considered a partial truth. And since reality is complex, no single proposition can express the nature of reality fully. So the author argues that the structure of the Jain doctrine of relativity suggests a way of living in which the ability to see things from different viewpoints is an integral gateway to understanding reality. Summarizing, the author concludes that Jainism does not seek to provide a concrete doctrine of what IS ultimate truth but rather a doctrine that provides a PATH toward the ultimate truth.

Author Biography

David Patrick Vanden

Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and current student in Philosophy & Religion at University of North Texas, USA.

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2020-07-14

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Vanden, D. P. (2020). Definitely Maybe: the Realm of Perspective & Truth in Jainism: Статті: Історія філософії. Filosofska Dumka, (4), 49–52. Retrieved from https://dumka.philosophy.ua/index.php/fd/article/view/426

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