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"How Do Mādhyamikas Think?" Revisited

"How Do Mādhyamikas Think?" Revisited Abstract: Here, Tom Tillemans revisits his 2009 article "How do Mādhyamikas Think" and once again argues for a limited dialetheism that could apply to certain early Buddhist texts. The contradictions would only be of a non-adjunctive variety, that is, there would be assertions of p and assertions of not- p , but never of p and not-p . A non-adjunctive dialetheism would further Madhyamaka's quietism, in that the same asserted statements would also be negated, thus leaving little possibility for the Buddhist to hold a philosophical thesis as to how things are. On the other hand, adjunction of p with not- p would naturally tend to result in the quasi-Hegelian position that things are in fact contradictory. It is not clear that the adjunctive dialetheism of Deguchi, Garfield, and Priest could further a quietist Madhyamaka philosophy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

"How Do Mādhyamikas Think?" Revisited

Philosophy East and West , Volume 63 (3) – Jul 17, 2013

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Abstract: Here, Tom Tillemans revisits his 2009 article "How do Mādhyamikas Think" and once again argues for a limited dialetheism that could apply to certain early Buddhist texts. The contradictions would only be of a non-adjunctive variety, that is, there would be assertions of p and assertions of not- p , but never of p and not-p . A non-adjunctive dialetheism would further Madhyamaka's quietism, in that the same asserted statements would also be negated, thus leaving little possibility for the Buddhist to hold a philosophical thesis as to how things are. On the other hand, adjunction of p with not- p would naturally tend to result in the quasi-Hegelian position that things are in fact contradictory. It is not clear that the adjunctive dialetheism of Deguchi, Garfield, and Priest could further a quietist Madhyamaka philosophy.

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 17, 2013

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