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Prāsaṅgika epistemology: A reply to Stag tsang's charge against Tsongkhapa's uses of Pramāṇa in Candrakīrti's philosophy

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Thakchoe, Sonam, Prāsaṅgika epistemology: A reply to Stag tsang's charge against Tsongkhapa's uses of Pramāṇa in Candrakīrti's philosophy, Journal of Indian Philosophy, 41, (5) pp. 535-561. ISSN 1573-0395 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10781-013-9186-3

Abstract

Stag tsang, amongst others, has argued that any use of mundane pramāṇa — authoritative cognition — is incompatible with the Prāsaṅgika system. His criticism of Tsongkhapa’s interpretation of Candrakīrti’s Madhyamaka which insists on the uses of pramāṇa (tha snyad pa’i tshad ma) — authoritative cognition — within the Prāsaṅgika philosophical context is that it is contradictory and untenable. This paper is my defence of Tsongkhapa’s approach to pramāṇa in the Prāsaṅgika philosophy. By showing that Tsongkhapa consistently adopts a non-foundationalist approach in his interpretation of the Prāsaṅgika’s epistemology, and by showing that he emphatically denies any place for the foundationalist epistemology of Dignāga and Dharmakīrti in the Prāsaṅgika system, I will argue that Tsongkhapa’s epistemology emerges from Stag tsang’s criticisms unscathed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Epistemology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Author:Thakchoe, Sonam (Dr Sonam Thakchoe)
ID Code:86652
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2013-10-08
Last Modified:2018-02-13
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