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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.”1 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, of a substan…

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Soni, Jayandra, “Akalaṅka”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Denison University University of Edinburgh University of Bergen University of California, Berkeley John E. Cort, Paul Dundas, Knut A. Jacobsen, Kristi L. Wiley. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2020

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