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Nyāya and Navyanyāya
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The name Nyāya, by which one of the major darśanas or schools of philosophical thought in the broad Indian (Brahmanical) system is also known, has its etymological roots in the cryptic term naya, used for the skillful art of reasoning by the famed author of the Arthaśāstra, Kauṭilya (see artha) – writing around 321–296 BCE (which also makes him a distant contemporary of the…

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Bilimoria, Purushottama, “Nyāya and Navyanyāya”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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