On Jain Anekantavada and Pluralism in Philosophy of Mathematics

International School for Jain Studies-Transactions 2 (3):13-20 (2019)
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I claim that a relatively new position in philosophy of mathematics, pluralism, overlaps in striking ways with the much older Jain doctrine of anekantavada and the associated doctrines of nyayavada and syadvada. I first outline the pluralist position, following this with a sketch of the Jain doctrine of anekantavada. I then note the srrong points of overlaps and the morals of this comparison of pluralism and anekantavada.

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Landon D. C. Elkind
Western Kentucky University


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