This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Methods of study in Indian psychology

A.S. Dash — Utkal University, Bhubneshwar.

Psychology is the science of sciences, “the greatest science”; said Swami Vivekananda. Indian schools of thought recognize pratyaksha (both experimental and intuitive), anumana (logical inferential resasoning), shabda or aptabachanam (including experiential truth of competent authority), upamana (analogy), arthapatti (presumption), and abhaba (privacy), as sources of valid knowledge. It is argued that the methods of Indian Psychology encompass all the methods of modern psychological sciences.

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