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Prasangika's semantic nominalism: reality is linguistic concept


Thakchoe, Sonam, Prasangika's semantic nominalism: reality is linguistic concept, Journal of Indian Philosophy, 40, (4) pp. 427-452. ISSN 0022-1791 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10781-012-9160-5


Buddhist semantic realists assert that reality is always non-linguistic, beyond the domain of conceptual thought. Anything that is conceptual and linguistic, they maintain, cannot be reality and therefore cannot function as reality. The Pra ̄san ̇gika however rejects the realist theory and argues that all realities are purely linguistic—just names and concepts—and that only linguistic reality can have any causal function. This paper seeks to understand the Pra ̄san ̇gika’s radical semantic nominalism and its philosophical justifications by comparing and contrasting it with the realistic semantic theories.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy of language
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Thakchoe, Sonam (Dr Sonam Thakchoe)
ID Code:78762
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2012-07-25
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