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Akalanka (also Akalank Deva and Bhatta Akalank) was a famous Jain logician whose works are seen as landmarks in Indian logic. He lived from 720-780 A.D. and belonged to the Digambara sect of Jainism. His work Astasati, a commentary on Aptamimamsa of Acharya Samantabhadra deals mainly with jaina logic. He was a contemporary of Rashtrakuta king Krishna I. He is the author of Tattvārtharājavārtika, a commentary on major Jain text Tattvartha Sutra. He greatly contributed to the development of the philosophy of Anekantavada and is therefore called the "Master of Jain logic".
The great eighth-century logician Akalanka was aware of the contents of the Angas, although it cannot be said whether they represent an idea rather than a reality for him, and he also seems to have been the first Digambara to have introduced as a valid form of scriptural classification the division into kalika and utkalika texts which was also employed by the Svetambaras.
Various works are attributed to Akalanka. Some of these are:
- Singh, N.K.; Mishra, A.P. (2007), Encyclopaedia of Oriental Philosophy 7, Global Vision Publishing House, ISBN 978-81-8220-113-2
- Singh, Nagendra Kr; Baruah, Bibhuti (2003), Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Pali Literature, Global Vision Publishing House, ISBN 978-81-87746-67-6
- Dundas, Paul (2002) , The Jains (Second ed.), Routledge, ISBN 0-415-26605-X