Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online

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Edited by: John E. Cort, Denison University, Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh, Knut A. Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Kristi L. Wiley, University of California, Berkeley

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Jainism Online makes available up-to-date research on main aspects of the Jain traditions in original essays written by some of the world’s foremost scholars on Jainism. The encyclopedia is thematic and seeks to present a balanced and impartial view of Jainism with a focus on both historical and contemporary traditions and institutions. The articles address topics such as the human condition, pantheons, historical perspectives, regional cultures, renunciation, lay society, ritual, devotion, visual and material culture, time and space, literature, and philosophy and logic.

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Emergence of a Jain Philosophical Identity

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Author(s): Soni, Jayandra
The emergence of a Jain philosophical identity goes hand in hand with the emergence of the identities of the other philosophical schools in India. With a philosophical identity is meant a clearly demarcated ontology and metaphysics, epistemology and logic, and ethics unique to a particular school. There is clear evidence that since the time of Mahāvīra and his younger contemporary the Buddha in the 4th or 5th century BCE, there were an interplays and interactions among the various indigenous tra…
Date: 2019-04-15