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Formal modeling of Indian logic II

Oct 25, 2012 - Oct 27, 2012
KJC, Room 212

Debate among experts – physicians, religious teachers, philosophers – is an integral feature of intellectual life in ancient India. In philosophical literature, argumentation frequently proceeds in the manner of an imaginary dialogue between proponent and opponent.

This interdisciplinary workshop is organized in connection with a pending research project on practices of argumentation from a transcultural perspective at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context.” A group of experts in argumentation theory and Sanskritists will discuss the utility of recent technical developments in mathematical logic and computer science for approaching the dynamic, dialogical and procedural features of reasoning which are central to classical Indian learned discourse. After a round of papers and discussions to prepare a common ground, sections from Ratnakīrti's “Refutation of the Proof of God” (Īśvarasādhanadūṣaṇa) will be approached as a case-study. This 11th century Buddhist treatise aims to disprove the existence of a creator god; the text will be available in English translation from the original Sanskrit.

Participants: Peter Fluegel, Brendan Gillon, Marie-Helène Gorisse, Davide Grossi, Harunaga Isaacson, Laurent Keiff, Birgit Kellner, Benedikt Loewe, Patrick McAllister, Parimal Patil, John Taber, Sara Uckelman, Markus Viehbeck, Alexander Watson

Preliminary workshop schedule

Thursday, 25 October:

13:30-15:00: Session 1
Birgit Kellner “Dialogical forms of reasoning – a Sanskritist's perspective”
Sara Uckelman “Dialogical forms of reasoning – the logician's toolkit”
(Introduction into available tools with special view on Ratnakīrti's text)

15:00-15:30: Coffee Break

15:30-17:00: Session 2
Patrick McAllister “Introductory remarks on Ratnakīrti's proof strategies”
Parimal Patil “Arguing against God in India – introducing Ratnakīrti's Refutation of a Hindu God”

Friday, 26 October

09:30-11:00:Text reading session 1
11:00-11:30: Coffee break
11:30-13:00: Text reading session 2
13:00-14:00: Lunch break (buffet lunch at the KJC)
14:00-15:30: Text reading session 3
15:30-16:00: Coffee break
16:00-17:30: Text reading session 4

Saturday, 27 October

10:30-12:00: Continuation of text reading and/or final discussion
12:00-13:00: Lunch
Depending on common interest, discussion can be continued after the lunch break, at the KJC or on a leisurely walk up the philosopher’s path