The Logic of the Diamond Sutra: A is not A, therefore it is A

  title={The Logic of the Diamond Sutra: A is not A, therefore it is A},
  author={Shigenori Nagatomo},
  journal={Asian Philosophy},
  pages={213 - 244}
  • S. Nagatomo
  • Published 1 November 2000
  • Philosophy
  • Asian Philosophy
This paper attempts to make intelligible the logic contained in the Diamond Sutra. This 'logic' is called the 'logic of not'. It is stated in a propositional form: 'A is not A, therefore it is A'. Since this formulation is contradictory or paradoxical when it is read in light of Aristotelean logic, one might dismiss it as nonsensical. In order to show that it is neither nonsensical nor meaningless, the paper will articulate the philosophical reasons why the Sutra makes its position in this… 

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