This paper was written by a student at the University of Hawaii as part of an Infinity Foundation sponsored project.
The Nyaya school of Indian philosophy distinguishes determinate from indeterminate perception, which Arindam Chakrabarti sees as an unwise capitulation to the Buddhists on their part. Indeterminate perception is supposedly necessary since if all perceptions were determinate, an infinite regress would ensue. I suggest two possible ways to forestall this regress without recourse to indeterminate perception. The classical Buddhist position is that pure perception is free of conceptual construction. I draw attention to some problems with this view, which implies that one can subtract what one knows from what one seesarguing with the Naiyayikas that classification is unavoidable, but against them (and with the Mahayana Buddhists) that classificatory schemes are conventional.
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Conor Roddy received his bachelors degree in philosophy from the University
of Dublin, Trinity College in 1994. He returned to school in 2000, to study
for an M.A. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was the recipient
of an Infinity grant for the academic year 2000-2001, without which support
he would have been unable to attend UH. He is currently enrolled in the doctoral
program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is concentrating on continental
philosophy. He plans to do some work in Indian aesthetics next year, and will
probably write his doctoral dissertation on some aspect of Mahayana Buddhism.