Contemporary Non-conceptualism, Conceptual Inclusivism, and the Yogācāra View of Language Use as Skillful Action

Contemporary Non-conceptualism, Conceptual Inclusivism, and the Yogācāra View of Language... <p>Abstract:</p><p>This essay seeks to explain the somewhat paradoxical Yogācāra Buddhist view of the possibility of non-conceptual language use (under what is called &apos;subsequent awareness&apos;, tatpṛṣṭhalabdhajñāna). The essay unpacks the school&apos;s understanding of non-conceptuality, drawing extensively on contemporary non-conceptualist theory, as well as on conceptualist accounts that are referred to here as "inclusivist." It is argued that the inclusivists&apos; proposal that we view conceptual articulation itself as a form of practical-skillful action presents some intriguing affinities (but also important disaffinities) with the Yogācāra conception of language use, and takes us some way toward understanding what a concept is for a Yogācāra Buddhist.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Contemporary Non-conceptualism, Conceptual Inclusivism, and the Yogācāra View of Language Use as Skillful Action

Philosophy East and West, Volume 70 (3) – Jul 3, 2020

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>This essay seeks to explain the somewhat paradoxical Yogācāra Buddhist view of the possibility of non-conceptual language use (under what is called &apos;subsequent awareness&apos;, tatpṛṣṭhalabdhajñāna). The essay unpacks the school&apos;s understanding of non-conceptuality, drawing extensively on contemporary non-conceptualist theory, as well as on conceptualist accounts that are referred to here as "inclusivist." It is argued that the inclusivists&apos; proposal that we view conceptual articulation itself as a form of practical-skillful action presents some intriguing affinities (but also important disaffinities) with the Yogācāra conception of language use, and takes us some way toward understanding what a concept is for a Yogācāra Buddhist.</p>

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Published: Jul 3, 2020

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