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'''Vācaspati Miśra''' (900&ndash;980 [[Common Era|CE]]) was an [[India]]n [[philosopher]] who founded one of the main [[Advaita Vedanta]] schools, the [[Bhāmatī]] school (named after his commentary on [[Adi Shankara|Śankara's]] ''Brahma-sūtra-bhāṣya''), and whose work was an important forerunner of the [[Navya-Nyāya]] system of thought. A peculiar feature about Vachaspati Miśra's writings is that he has written commentaries on almost every school of Hindu philosophy; while doing so he writes as if he fully believes in the philosophy he is writing about.<ref>{{cite book|title=''Hindu Realism''|author=Jagadisha Chandra Chatterji|pages=vi|year=1912}}</ref>
 
Vācaspati lived near the frontier between India and [[Nepal]] (what is now Vachaspati Nagar (Andhra Thardhi), [[Madhubani, India|Madhubani]]). The details of his life have been lost, though he is said to have named one of his works after his wife, Bhāmatī. He wrote commentaries on the main works of all the major [[Hinduism|Hindu]] schools of thought at the time, as well as one non-commentary, ''Tattvabindu.''