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Prāsaṅgika Epistemology in Context


Thakchoe, S, Prāsaṅgika Epistemology in Context, Moonshadows: conventional truth in Buddhist philosophy, Oxford University Press, The Cowherds (ed), New York, pp. 39-55. ISBN 978-0-19-975143-3 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Some argue that a Prāsaṅgika Mādhyamika is committed to rejecting all epistemic instruments pramäṇa because they reject intrinsic natures svabhäva and intrinsic characteristics (svalakṣaṇa). This chapter takes a different perspective. arguing that Candrakīrti accepts both conventional and rationally warranted epistemic instruments and develops a cogent account of their respective roles in our cognitive lives. To be sure, any Mādhyamika rejects intrinsic nature. but Candrakīrti shows that epistemic instruments give us access to epistemic objects (prameya) precisely because they lack such nature and that each has its appropriate sphere of use simply because, relative to the standards appropriate to those spheres, each apprehends its respective object.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy of religion
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Thakchoe, S (Dr Sonam Thakchoe)
ID Code:78257
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2012-06-19
Last Modified:2018-02-13
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