Anāditva or beginninglessness in Indian Philosophy

Autores: Fernando Tola y Carmen Dragonetti

One of the most important theories of Indian philosophy, in the Hindu us well as in the Buddhist area, is without any doubt the theory that many entities, processes, facts, phenomena have not had a temporal beginning. It seems to us that, although the anāditva theory is referred to frequently by the authors who write about the different subjects of Indian philosophy, it has not been properly stressed on the great importance that the anāditva theory has in the philosophical and religious thought of India, not only because of its constant presence in the various systems, in which that thought manifests itself, but also because of the primordial function which that theory has in the solution of many theoretical difficulties of those systems. Besides that, all the cases, to which this theory is applied, have not been related among themselves.


Tola, F. & Dragonetti, C. (1980), “Anāditva or beginninglessness in Indian Philosophy”, Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, LXI (I-IV): 1-20.