Non-absolutism

Posted: 21.08.2007
Updated on: 03.12.2011

The Non-absolutism of Jains [Anekantvada] is not the result of negation of absolute and extremes but their unification and integration as a system.

Absolutism consists in maintaining either unity or multiplicity as absolute truth and holding that one is in absolute opposition to the other, e.g.

Vedantists hold the unity (of Reality) as the whole truth, whereas the Buddhist nihilists accept multiplicity as the only truth, but the non-absolutist Jains accept both unity and multiplicity as the true determinations of the Reality.

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