Jñanasrimitra is an outstanding representative of the late phase of the so-called logico-epistemological school of Buddhism in India, which goes back to Dignaga and Dharmakirti. In a series of essays he discusses the central topics of his tradition.
Being fully acquainted with the literature of rival Buddhist and non-Buddhist schools, Jñanasrimitra does not only give original answers to philosophical questions, but also provides us with a large amount of information on the historical development of the related discussions.
In the Vyapticarca, Jñanasrimitra deals with the possibility of a constant and therefore reliable relationship between things such as smoke and fire, the concepts of which are intended to be used as the logical reason and the consequence in an inference.
Besides dealing with the more technical aspects of different procedures of ascertaining the said relationship, he also discusses topics of a more general philosophical interest, for instance about the reality of general properties or about the status of things useful for practical goals and their capacity of becoming an object of cognition.
Apart from some newly introduced discussions, the most striking differences to the Vyapticarca lie in the more tense structuring of the text, a more lucid presentation of the different arguments, and in a shift of emphasis from proving one's own opinion to refusing the opinions advocated by opponents.