Anekānta

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Anekanta, AnekAnta, Anekaanta


  1. not of singularity.
  2. plurality, multiplicity.
  3. the doctrine of non-exclusivity, or skepticism, which is one of the fundamental and most important doctrines in Jainism, founded by the 24th tirthańkara Mahāvīra, that refers to the principle of pluralism and multiplicity of viewpoints, and espouses the doctrine that truth and reality are perceived differently from diverse points of view, and that no single point of view is the complete truth.