COMMENT AND DISCUSSION Dharmakirti and Priest on an Inconsistent Theory of Change-- ¯ A Comment to Mortensen Department of Philosophy, University of Auckland Introduction In his article ``Dharmakirti and Priest on Change,'' 1 Chris Mortensen presents ¯ accounts of change (and motion) given by the Buddhist philosopher Dharmakirti ¯ (along with his commentator Dharmottara) and the contemporary Western philosopher Graham Priest. He notices that the two accounts have striking similarities yet take opposing views on the issue of inconsistency. According to Mortensen, Dharmakirti rejects and Priest accepts an inconsistent theory of change. Mortensen ¯ expresses sympathy for Dharmakirti's position, though he argues that Dharmakirti's ¯ ¯ position needs some qualifications. In this essay, I reexamine the accounts of change given by Dharmakirti and ¯ Priest. In order to make explicit the philosophical nature of the essay, I will follow Mortensen's reading of Dharmakirti and Priest as much as possible. Priest's argu¯ ments, as presented by Mortensen, are those in Priest's In Contradiction.2 With respect to Dharmakirti, Mortensen for the most part follows Stcherbatsky's recon¯ struction of an argument given in Dharmakirti's early work Nyayabindu.3 Now, ¯ ¯ Stcherbatsky's reconstruction (of Dharmakirti's philosophy in general) has been ¯ recognized
Philosophy East and West – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Apr 23, 2007
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