By Swami Harshananda
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