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Kei Kataoka Last modified date:2023.09.27

Professor / Department of Indology
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Humanities

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Academic Degree
Doctor of Letters
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Indian Philosophy, Indology, Indian Religion, Sanskrit Studies, Buddhist Studies
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
He works on Indian philosophy by philological method. His research area is Sanskrit texts, in particular, works of philosophy, theology, religion and Mimamsa hermeneutics, including Buddhist logic as well. He has been working as a specialist on Mimamsa, i.e. Indian hermenautics: collecting Sanskrit manuscripts inside and outside India, editing texts based on original Indic manuscripts, reconstructing the history of Indian philosophy, and investigating Indian thoughts. His main concern is Indian epistemology and logic, linguistic philosophy, and the notion of God and conflict among religious traditions.
Research Interests
  • Philological study of Indian philosophical texts
    keyword : Indian philosophy, Indology, Sanskrit
    2005.04Philological Study of Indian Philosophy. Investigating Indic manuscripts, in particular those of Mimamsa texts, editing them, and reconstructing the history of Indian philosophy..
Academic Activities
1. Michael Zimmermann, Steffen DöllHelmut Krasser, Vincent Eltschinger, Jinkyoung Choi, Vincent Eltschinger, Isabelle Ratié, Toru Funayama, Paul Harrison, Jens-Uwe Hartmann, Pascale Hugon, Kazuo Kano, Kyo Kano, Kei Kataoka, Shoryu Katsura, Robert Kritzer, Taiken Kyuma, Christian Luczanits, Klaus-Dieter Mathes, Patrick McAllister, Shinya Moriyama, Yasutaka Muroya, Motoi Ono, Marion Rastelli, Margherita Serena Saccone, Masamichi Sakai, Francesco Sferra, Péter-Dániel Szántó, John Taber, Helmut Tauscher, Raffaele Torella, Kurt Tropper, Toshikazu Watanabe, Albrecht Wezler, Chizuko Yoshimizu, Kiyotaka Yoshimizu, Burlesque of the Philosophers. Indian and Buddhist Studies in Memory of Helmut Krasser.
, Hamburg Buddhist Studies Series. Bochum/Freiburg: projekt verlag, 271-289, 2023.09.
2. Ernst Prets (ed.), Ernst Steinkellner, Horst Lasic, Shinya Moriyama, Yasutaka Muroya, Toshikazu Watanabe, Kei Kataoka, Taisei Shida, Hideyo Ogawa, Christian Ferstl, Transmission and Tradition: Quotations, Paraphrases and Allusions in Texts on Indian Philosophy, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 151-171, 2022.12.
3. Kei Kataoka, John Taber, Meaning and Non-existence: Kumarila's refutation of Dignaga's Theory of Exclusion. , Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2021.04, University of New MexicoのJohn Taber教授と共著で、ViennaのAustrian Academy of Sciences Pressより、共著で研究書を発刊。
In the Apohavāda chapter of his Ślokavārttika, the seventh-century Hindu philosopher Kumārila undertakes an exhaustive critique of the distinctive Buddhist theory of meaning, the “theory of exclusion”, or Apohavāda. According to this theory, which was introduced by the sixth-century Buddhist thinker Dignāga, a word refers not to some positive entity such as a universal, but to an “exclusion”. It became one of the core teachings of the Buddhist epistemological tradition. The debate on it is illustrative of the Buddhist-Brahmin disputes that shaped the development of classical Indian philosophy. This translation of Kumārila’s chapter, together with a critical edition, is accompanied by a running explanation based on the classical commentaries and extensive notes..
4. Kei Kataoka, Kumarila on Truth, Omniscience, and Killing. Part 1: A Critical Edition of Mimamsa-Slokavarttika ad 1.1.2 (Codanasutra). Part 2: An Annotated Translation of Mimamsa-Slokavarttika ad 1.1.2 (Codanasutra). , Verlag der Osterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. , 97 + 627 pages. , 2011.06, The present volumes present a critical edition and an annotated translation of the codanāsūtra section of Kumārila's Mīmāṃsā -Ślokavārttika, which is a sub-commentary on Jaiminisūtra 1.1.2. Kumārila is commonly regarded as having been one of the most brilliant brahmanical philosophers of the Classical Period in India, a thinker whose ideas influenced almost all later brahmanical thought. Of his works, the Ślokavārttika is possibly the most important. Defending the authoritativeness of the Vedic scripture, in the codanāsūtra section Kumārila discusses theories concerning truth, omniscience, and ritual killing. This section is a rich source of brahmanical thought on philosophical, religious and ethical questions during Kumārila's lifetime and before. The new edition, the first serious attempt at a text-critical study of the Ślokavārttika, is based on seven published editions and five manuscripts, as well as readings suggested in commentaries on the text, testimonia of other authors, and parallel passages in Kumārila's other writings. The volumes also include an introduction containing a survey of the conducted research, an investigation into the dates of Kumārila's floruit, his relationship with Dharmakirti and the problem of the Bṛhaṭṭikā, as well as an analysis of Kumārila's theory of truth. A separate synopsis and summary provide an overview of Kumārila's discussions. Detailed annotations present the background of the views expressed in the verses of the text, together with detailed analyses of Kumārila's ideas. Together, these two volumes provide an extremely valuable contribution to the field of Indian philosophical studies..
5. The Theory of Ritual Action in Mimamsa: Critical Edition and Annotated Japanese Translation of Sabarabhasya and Tantravarttika ad 2.1.1-4.
1. Kei Kataoka, The battle of the mongoose and the snake: Mimamsa vs Buddhism, 『印度学仏教学研究』Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies , 71, 3, 19-26, 2023.03.
2. Kei Kataoka, Samata, Yajnata and Santaraksita on how to cognize everything., 『哲学年報』(Annual of Philosophy, Bulletin of The Faculty of Humanities, Kyushu University), 82, 1-44, 2023.03.
3. Kei Kataoka, Is the Buddha just like a demon? Santaraksita's defense of the Buddha's teaching., 『東洋文化研究所紀要』(The Memoirs of Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia), 182, 183-236, 2023.01.
4. Kei Kataoka, Śāntarakṣita’s Answer to Kumārila’s Critique of the Buddha’s Speakerhood, 南アジア古典学, 17, 241-254, 2022.07.
5. Parthasarathi's Theory of Truth: An Annotated Japanese Translation of the Nyayaratnamala.
6. Kei Kataoka, A Critical Edition of Sabarabhasya ad 1.1.24-26: Vakyadhikarana, The Memoirs of Institute for Adavanced Studies on Asia, 177, 2020.03.
7. Kei Kataoka, Ratnakarasanti on Prakasa, インド学チベット学研究, 22, 224-239, 2019.07.
8. Kei Kataoka, Jayanta on Kumarila's View of Liberation, The Journal of Hindu Studies,, hiz002, 2019.04, インドにおける解脱論の重要な論客であるクマーリラを紀元後9世紀のジャヤンタの視点から整理..
9. Kei Kataoka, A Critical Edition of Kasika ad Slokavarttika apoha vv. 95-176, The Memoirs of Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, 175, 1-60, 2019.03.
10. Kei Kataoka, Sucaritamisra on Apoha, Journal of Indological Studies, 28&29 (2016-2017), 25-49, 2018.12.
11. Dignaga's Theory of Apoha.
12. Kei Kataoka, A Critical Edition of the Latter Half of the Vijnanadvaitavada Section of the Nyayamanjari: Bhatta Jayanta on Asatkhyati and Atmakhyati., The Memoirs of Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, 173, 388(1)-332(57), 2018.03.
13. Kei Kataoka, A Critical Edition of Bhatta Jayanta's Nyayamanjari. [II: The Section on Kumarila's Refutation of the Apoha Theory & III: The Buddhist Refutation of Kumarila's Criticism of Apoha; Revised versions of Kataoka 2008 and 2009]. , Reading Bhatta Jayanta on Buddhist Nominalism, ed. Patrick McAllister, Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 3-34, 2017.12, 報告者が校訂した当該資料をもとにしたウィーンのオーストリア科学アカデミーで開催された研究会のメンバーによる研究成果として、オーストリア科学アカデミーより出版された。.
14. Kei Kataoka, Dharmottara's notion of aropita: superimposed or fabricated? , Reading Bhatta Jayanta on Buddhist Nominalism, ed. Patrick McAllister, Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 217-250, 2017.12.
15. Alex Watson, Kei Kataoka, The Apoha Section of the Nyayamanjari, Reading Bhatta Jayanta on Buddhist Nominalism, ed. Patrick McAllister, Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 35-79, 2017.12.
16. Dignaga's Semantics by Non-Exclusion and Inclusion.
17. Reconsidering the concluding words of the Nyayakalika.
18. 片岡 啓, A Critical Edition of the Pramanya Section of Bhatta Jayanta's Nyayamanjari. , 東洋文化研究所紀要, 2016.03.
19. Reconsidering the authorship of the Nyayakalika.
20. Kei Kataoka, A Critical Edition of Kasika and Slokavarrttika apoha vv. 2-94, The Memoirs of Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, 167, 466(39)-400(105), 2015.03.
21. Kei Kataoka, Dignaga, Kumarila and Dharmakirti on the Potential Problem of pramana and phala having Different objects. , Journal of Indian Philosophy, 42, 4, 2014.10.
22. Kei Kataoka, Sucaritamisra's Critique of Apoha: A Critical Edition of Kasika ad Slokavarttika apoha v.1., 東洋文化研究所紀要, 1-74, 2014.03.
23. Kei Kataoka, Dharmottara's Theory of Apoha, Journal of Indological Studies, 24&25, 115-135, 2014.03.
24. Kei Kataoka, A Critical Edition of Bhatta Jayanta's Nyayakalika (Part 1), The Memoirs of Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, 163, 236-184, 2013.03.
25. Elisa Freschi, Kei Kataoka, Jayanta on the Validity of Sacred Texts (Other than the Veda), South Asian Classical Studies, 7, 1-55, 2012.07.
26. Kei Kataoka, A Critical Edition of Bhatta Jayanta's Nyayamanjari: The Buddhist Refutation of jati. , 『東洋文化研究所紀要』(The Memoirs of Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia), 160, 636(1)-594(43), 2011.12.
27. Kei Kataoka, Manu and the Buddha for Kumarila and Dharmakirti. , Religion and Logic in Buddhist Philosophical Analysis. Proceedings of the Fourth International Dharmakirti Conference. Vienna, August 23-27, 2005. Ed. Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic, Eli Franco, Birgit Kellner. Wien. , 255-269. , 2011.07.
28. Kei Kataoka, A Critical Edition of Bhatta Jayanta's Nyayamanjari: Jayanta's View on jati and apoha., 『東洋文化研究所紀要』(The Memoirs of Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia), 158, 220(61)-168(113), 2010.12.
29. A retrospective of "Indian philosophy" in Japan.
30. Kei Kataoka, A Critical Edition of Bhatta Jayanta's Nyayamanjari: The Section on Kumarila's Refutation of the Apoha Theory, 東洋文化研究所紀要, 154, 2009.03.
31. An Annotated Translation of the Isvarasiddhi Section of the Nyayamanjari (purvapaksa).
1. Kei Kataoka, A post-Kumārila argument about omniscience: Maṇḍana and Kamalaśīla on the paradox of determining everything

, 18th World Sanskrit Conference, 2023.01.
2. Kei Kataoka, Dignāga and Jinendrabuddhi on Vasubandhu’s definition of perception, 6th International Dharmakirti Conference, 2022.08.
3. Kei Kataoka, A Brief Sketch of Indian Theories of Error (vibhrama), 2015.11.
4. Kei Kataoka, Horns in Dignāga’s Theory of apoha, International Association for Buddhist Studies, 2014.09.
5. 片岡 啓, How does one cognize a cow? A dialogue between Mādhava and Dignāga, International Dharmakirti Conference, 2014.08.
6. On Dignaga's Semantics: The Role of the Inference by means of horns.
7. Jayanta's theory of apoha as viewd by Jayanta.
Membership in Academic Society
  • International Association for Buddhist Studies
  • Publication of a book : The Theory of Ritual Action in Mimamsa
Educational Activities
Lecture on the history of Indian Philosophy
Lecture on Asian Religious Thought
Seminar on Indian Philology
Seminar on Ancient Indian Thought
Tutorial for MA/PhD thesis
Other Educational Activities
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