L. (Lucas) den Boer

  • PhD student
  • South Asian & Tibetan Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 8974
E-Mail: l.den.boer@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS India en Tibet
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.01b

Fields of interest

Classical Indian philosophy; Jaina epistemology; Jainism; South Asian history.

PhD research

Early Jaina Epistemology: A Survey of Jaina Pramāṇa Theory in the Gupta Age
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. P.C. Bisschop, Dr. P. Dundas (University of Edinburgh)

Project summary:

The Gupta period (320-550) is a pivoting point in the history of Jaina philosophy, during which Jaina authors enter the field of epistemology. Their theories concerning valid sources of cognition (pramāṇa) clearly follow developments within rival philosophical movements. However, it is far from clear which historical circumstances urged Jaina thinkers to adapt their theories to the ideas of other schools.

As a part of the multidisciplinary research project ‘Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State’ (http://asiabeyondboundaries.org/about/) my project aims at a clarification of the development of Jaina pramāṇa theory within the philosophical and historical context of the Gupta age. Moreover, this enquiry sheds light on the process in which doctrinal lore transforms into real philosophy and reveals the strategies that Jaina thinkers applied to reach this goal.


2015 – MA (cum laude) Philosophy (research), University of Groningen
2012 – BA (cum laude) Philosophy, University of Groningen


- “Guṇaratna’s Refutation of the Cārvāka Perspective on the Soul: An Argumentative Analysis of Tarkarahasyadīpikā 49.98-134,” conference paper presented at the 6th International Indology Graduate Research Symposium (Hamburg, October 6th to 8th, 2014).

“Methodological Challenges in the Study of Jain doxographies,” CSRCA (Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia) Newsletter, Autumn 2014: 27-30.

- “Jaina Logic: SOAS Jaina Studies Workshop 2013” (conference report), Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, March 2014: 10-13.

Review of: Himal Trikha, Perspektivismus und Kritik: das pluralistische Erkenntnismodell der Jainas angesichts der Polemik gegen das Vaiśeṣika in Vidyānandins Satyaśāsanaparīkṣā, Vienna, 2012. Bulletin d’Études Indiennes 31: 267-272.

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