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Sriharsa is a follower of the school of Advaita Vedanta
. Sriharsa is a sceptic. He inherits an Advaita Vedanta tradition. However Sriharsa is a different Advaitin and is called a minimalist at times. He is concerned with exegetical issues and with cosmological theories that came out in post Sankara Advaita Philosophy. However he does embrace previous Advaita epistemology. Khandanakhandakhadya is his philosophical masterpiece. It is a different work that falls under a genre which is different from other Advaitins.
He roughly stands in the middle of history of Advaita School. Self Brahmin idea is important which secures the idealism of Sriharsa. According to him awareness is self lighting and self certifying. According to Sriharsa absence of evidence puts a burden of proof on thesis and antithesis.
Simplicity according to Sriharsa is a ceteris paribus preference-condition. The simpler one is always preferred. Sriharsa speaks of an unacceptable consequence which involves pragmatic evidence. It is an objection to the notion that if there is practical evidence that supports one suggestion, but not the other, then the first hypothesis is confirmed. His sceptical assertion is that a hypothesis must be considered refuted till it has been conclusively proved. According to him a hypothesis must be considered contradicted if it is not capable of being proved or disproved.
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