Indian Logic and the Existence of God 2: The Theist’s Response to the Atheist’s Arguments (MT23)

Location: OCHS Library
Speaker: Prof. Alex Watson
Date: November 9, 2023
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm

In the previous lecture we saw how Jayanta, writing in the voice of the atheist opponent (pūrvapakṣin), argued against the existence of God.  In this lecture we see how Jayanta switches to writing in his own voice and presents his actual view (siddhānta).  He argues that if the atheist’s rejection of the God-inference were accepted, then we would have to reject the validity of all inference, including the paradigmatic inference of fire from smoke.

Prof. Alex Watson is Professor of Indian Philosophy at Ashoka University, prior to which he was Preceptor in Sanskrit at Harvard.  His DPhil was from the University of Oxford.  He is author of The Self’s Awareness of Itself (2006) and, with Dominic Goodall and Anjaneya Sarma, An Enquiry into the Nature of Liberation (mokṣa) (2013), as well as numerous articles on the History of Indian Philosophy.  He works on debates between Śaivism, Nyāya, Mīmāṃsā and Buddhism.