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Indian Realism

Nature volume 142, page 657 (08 October 1938) | Download Citation



THIS is no simple exposition either of the doctrine of the Yogacara Vijnanavada or subjective idealism, or of the criticisms of the doctrine by the different schools and representatives of Indian realism. The arrangement of the text is so confusing that although the book would probably be an excellent accompaniment for the student who is preparing to read the original texts for himself, it is emphatically not a work for the philosophically minded reader who wishes to be orientated in traditional Indian philosophical thought. To begin with, the exposition is presented in a very complicated form. The co-ordination is faulty, there is no summarizing to help the reader ; and it is difficult to disentangle the author's own comparisons with the views of European realists, where these occur. However, once the student has straightened out this confused presentation and has managed to ignore the unnecessary repetitions of Sanscrit terms, he will find that he has acquired a good deal of valuable knowledge on the subject.

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