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It has been appropriately stated that Akalaṅka “established a reputation as the outstanding critic of the Buddhist logician Dharmakīrti of Nālandā” (Jaini, 1979, 84). Even though this acknowledges his renowned status in Jainism in relation to the famous Buddhist thinker, the Jain tradition as a whole, and on its own, accorded him the celebrated position for which he is known in his defense of Jain ideas against attacks, both from within the tradition (e.g. in reaction to his views on Jain epistemology and to his arguments in support of the special status of the mode or modification, paryāya…

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Soni, Jayandra, “Akalaṅka”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, 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. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20180316

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