KUNST, Arnold

KUNST, Arnold. 23.7.1903 — London ?.12.1981. Polish Indologist in the U.K. Studies at Lwów (M.A. 1929 under Stasiak), Vienna (Frauwallner) and Warsaw (Schayer). Ph.D. 1934 Warsaw in Indian philosophy. In 1929-32 Assistant Lecturer at Lwów. Little before war moved to London and became Lecturer at S.O.A.S., in 1945-47 Senior Lecturer there, in Buddhism and Indian Philosophy. In 1947-63 in service of the U.N. at its headquarters in New York, dealing with non-selfgoverning territories in the Trusteeship Department, travelled much in Asia. In 1963 he returned to his Lecturership at S.O.A.S. and retired in 19??. Also visiting Lecturer in Sanskrit at Cambridge.

AK was a specialist of Buddhist logic, especially of Kamalaśīla and Nāgārjuna, in his later years also interested in early Indian thought (Upaniṣads).

Publications: diss. 1934 publ. as Probleme der Buddhistischen Logik in der Darstellung des Tattvasaṁgraha. 9+145 p. Po. Akad. Umiej., Kom. Or. 33. Kraków 1939.

– “An Overlooked type of Interference”, BSOAS 10, 1942, 976-991; “The two-membered syllogism”, RO 15, 1939-49, 72-83; “The concept od the Principle of Excluded Middle in Buddhism”, RO 21, 1957, 141-147.

– “Kamalaśīla’s Pañjikā partly translated from Tibetan”, Mél. ch. & bouddh. 8, 1946-47, 106-211; edited (in Tibetan) with E. H. Johnston: “Kamalaśīla’s Pañjikā on Anumāna chapter of Tattvasaṁgraha”, Mél. ch. & bouddh. 9, 1947, 106-216.

ed. with E. H. Johnston: “Nāgārjuna’s Vigrahavyāvarttāni”, Mél. ch. & bouddh. 9, 1951, 99-152, republ. in: Vigrahavyavartani. The dialectical method of Nagarjuna. Transl. from Sanskrit with introd. and notes by K. Bhattacharya. Text critically ed. by E. H. J. and A. K. 53+54 p. Delhi 1978.

– “Somatism: a basic concept in India’s philosophical speculation”, PhilE&W 1968; “Indeterminism versus determinism (the seventh Prapāṭhaka of the Chāndogya Upaniṣad)”, OC 29, Paris 1976, 367-373 & JRAS 1976, 67-72; “Man – the creator”, JIPh 4, 1976, 51-68.

– “Some aspects of the Ekayāna”, Fs. Conze 1977; “Use and misuse of Dharma”, O’Flaherty & Derrett (ed.), The Concept of Duty in South Asia 1978; “Some of the polemics in the Laṅkāvatārasūtra”, Fs. W. Rahula 1980.

a few further articles, e.g. BSOAS 31, 1968, 309-314 (on Śvet.-Up.).

Sources: D. Seyfort Ruegg, JIPh 11, 1983, 3-5; Dir. Am. Sch. 3rd & 4th editions; *Pali Buddhist Review 6, 1981-82.


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