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date: 01 July 2022

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This article provides an introduction to Buddhist epistemology. It flattens out a number of the philosophical and exegetical differences between major Buddhist Epistemologists, concentrating primarily on Dharmakīrti's views. Historically, Dharmakīrti was the main source for important Buddhist writers on epistemology from the seventh to ninth centuries as well as for the influential later Indian philosophers. Dharmakīrti's “seven works on epistemology” (tshad ma sde bdun) were also the source for the rich Tibetan traditions of tshad ma-studies (i.e., pramāṇavāda).

Keywords: Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist epistemologists, Dharmakīrti

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