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The (Two) Truths about Truth

Graham Priest, Mark Siderits, and Tom Tillemans

in Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199751426
eISBN:
9780199827190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751426.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The Buddhist doctrine of satyadvaya can be understood both as the claim that there are two realities (ontological) and as the claim that there are two truths (semantic). This chapter concerns the ... More


Interpretations of Svabhāva

Jan Westerhoff

in Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195375213
eISBN:
9780199871360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375213.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter deals with the concept of inherent existence (svabhāva), one of the central notions of Madhyamakaa philosophy. This is a notion of considerable complexity. The chapter gives a brief ... More


Enacting the Self: Buddhist and Enactivist Approaches to the Emergence of the Self

Matthew MacKenzie

in Self, No Self?: Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199593804
eISBN:
9780191595691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593804.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter brings together insights drawn from Indo-Tibetan Buddhist and enactivist accounts of the self. It examines the Buddhist theory of non-self and the reductionist formulation developed by ... More


Early Buddhism: Three Baskets of Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 4 takes up Buddhist understandings of dhamma or dharma as they were developed in (or better, into) the three baskets of the early Buddhist canon, especially the Pāli canon of the Theravāda ... More


The Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy

Jan Westerhoff

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198732662
eISBN:
9780191796876
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198732662.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This book gives a concise account of one of the most vibrant episodes in the history of ancient Indian thought, the development of Buddhist philosophy from the composition of the Abhidharma works ... More


Sensation and the Empirical Consciousness

Christian Coseru

in Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199843381
eISBN:
9780199979851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199843381.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

At its foundation, the Buddhist epistemology of perception rests on the descriptive accounts of consciousness and cognition advanced by the Abhidharma scholastics. These accounts constitute the ... More


Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy

Jonathan Gold

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168267
eISBN:
9780231538008
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168267.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The Indian Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu (fourth-fifth century ce) is known for his critical contribution to Buddhist Abhidharma thought, his turn to the Mahāyāna tradition, and his concise, ... More


Early Buddhism: Three Baskets of Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834661
eISBN:
9780824870713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834661.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter investigates Buddhist understandings of dharma in the three baskets of the early Buddhist canon, taking them as an intentional organization of three different understandings of dharma ... More


Against the Times: Vasubandhu’s Critique of His Main Abhidharma Rivals

Jonathan C. Gold

in Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168267
eISBN:
9780231538008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168267.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Vasubandhu's most important philosophical work is his Commentary on the Treasury of Abhidharma (Abhidharmakośabhāsya, AKBh). This chapter characterizes Vasubandhu's philosophy as expressed in the ... More


Merely Cause and Effect: The Imagined Self and the Literalistic Mind

Jonathan C. Gold

in Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168267
eISBN:
9780231538008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168267.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Vasubandhu is well known for his extensive, brilliant argument defending the Buddha's doctrine of no-self, which takes up the entirety of Chapter IX of his Commentary on the Treasury of Abhidharma ... More


The Creation of Sects in Early Buddhism

Jonathan A. Silk

in Riven by Lust: Incest and Schism in Indian Buddhist Legend and Historiography

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824830908
eISBN:
9780824868987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824830908.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter introduces the historical situation of early Indian Buddhist sectarianism and the explicit polemical context within which the story of Mahādeva is related in an important scholastic ... More


The Seeds of the Pan-Figurative View: Metaphor in Other Buddhist Sources

Roy Tzohar

in A Yogācāra Buddhist Theory of Metaphor

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190664398
eISBN:
9780190664428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190664398.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Having presented the role of upacāra in Asaṅga’s critique of an essentialist theory of meaning, this chapter now turns to examine additional aspects of the concept of metaphor as it appears in other ... More


Language and Existence in Madhyamaka and Yogācāra: Preliminary Reflections

Mattia Salvini

in Madhyamaka and Yogācāra: Allies or Rivals?

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190231286
eISBN:
9780190231316
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190231286.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Madhyamaka and Yogācāra rely on a shared conceptual language, yet they understand the relationship between ineffability and existence in a very different manner. They also share a similar focus on ... More


A Note on the Early Buddhist Theory of Truth

Mark Siderits

in Studies in Buddhist Philosophy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198754862
eISBN:
9780191816369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754862.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This essay argues that early Buddhism is a form of empiricism, and that it defends a kind of correspondence theory of truth, a conception that in its mildest form regards truth to be simply ‘telling ... More


Buddhist Dependence

Graham Priest

in Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198755630
eISBN:
9780191816772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198755630.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Many issues in Western philosophy were discussed with great sophistication in the Eastern philosophical traditions. A prime example of this is metaphysical dependence. This is absolutely central to ... More


Abhidharma

Jan Westerhoff

in The Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198732662
eISBN:
9780191796876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198732662.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The chapter begins by introducing the origin of the Abhidharma and the structure of Abhidharma texts, focusing on the role of matrices, texts in question-and answer-format and the status of the ... More


Free Persons, Empty Selves: Freedom and Agency in Light of the Two Truths

Karin Meyers

in Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199922734
eISBN:
9780199395675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199922734.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This is a study of agency and free will in Abhidharmika Buddhist traditions. It focuses on how our felt sense of agency relates to the reductive account of selfhood in the Abhidharma schools.


Yogācāra: Indian Buddhist Origins

John Powers

in Transforming Consciousness: Yogacara Thought in Modern China

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199358120
eISBN:
9780199358205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358120.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter provides a historical overview of Yogācāra in India, including its place in Indian Buddhist doxography; its representative thinkers and commentators from the fourth through to the ... More


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