By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Pratibandhikalpana, PratibandhikalpanA, Pratibandhikalpanaa
Pratibandhikalpanā is one of the eleven modes of tarka or logic.
The Nyāya philosophy states that the paramāṇus are without parts but can combine to produce bigger material objects. A Vedāntin raises the objection that a partless paramāṇu can never come into contact with another paramāṇu which is also part-less. The Nyāya-philosopher raises a similar objection regarding Brahman which is all-pervading and hence without parts. Hence how it can come into contact with the objects of this world like pots. This type of raising a counter objection is called pratibandhikalpanā.
- Paramāṇus means atoms.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore