Dependent Arising and the Emptiness of Emptiness: Why Did Nagarjuna Start with Causation?

  title={Dependent Arising and the Emptiness of Emptiness: Why Did Nagarjuna Start with Causation?},
  author={Jay L. Garfield},
  journal={Philosophy East and West},
  • J. Garfield
  • Published 1 April 1994
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy East and West
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