The nature of the Mādhyamika trick

@article{Huntington2007TheNO,
  title={The nature of the Mādhyamika trick},
  author={Clare Huntington},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  year={2007},
  volume={35},
  pages={103-131}
}
  • C. Huntington
  • Published 20 June 2007
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
This paper evaluates several recent efforts to interpret the work of Nāgārjuna through the lens of modern symbolic logic. An attempt is made to uncover the premises that justify the use of symbolic logic for this purpose. This is accomplished through a discussion of (1) the historical origins of those premises in the Indian and Tibetan traditions, and (2) how such assumptions prejudice our understanding of Nāgā rjuna’s insistence that he has no “proposition” (pratijñā). Finally, the paper sets… 

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