COMMENT AND DISCUSSION Ontological Pluralism, Abhidharma Metaphysics, and the Two Truths: A Response to Kris McDaniel Andrew Brenner School of Philosophy, Wuhan University email@example.com I. Introduction Kris McDaniel has recently proposed an interpretation of the distinction between conventional truth and ultimate truth, as that distinction is made within Abhidharma metaphysics (McDaniel 2019). According to McDaniel’s proposal, the distinction between conventional truth and ultimate truth is closely connected with a similar distinction between conventional existence and ultimate existence. What is more, the distinction between conventional existence and ultimate existence should be interpreted along ontological pluralist lines: the difference between things that ultimately exist and things that merely conventionally exist amounts to a difference in the modes of being enjoyed by the things in question. One noteworthy feature of McDaniel’s proposal is the fact that it connects Abhidharma metaphysics with contemporary work within analytic metaphysics, and in particular contemporary work in metametaphysics and metaontology related to ontological pluralism. This is a welcome develop- ment. Many of the metaphysical issues addressed by Abhidharma metaphy- sicians are also addressed by contemporary analytic metaphysicians, and this is true to some extent of work being done within the burgeoning subﬁelds of analytic metametaphysics and metaontology.
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Published: May 12, 2020