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Taking Conventional Truth Seriously: Authority regarding Deceptive Reality

Jay L. Garfield

in Moonshadows

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751426
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751426.003.0002
Taking Conventional Truth Seriously: Authority regarding Deceptive Reality

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Mādhyamika philosophers in India and Tibet distinguish between two truths—the conventional and the ultimate. It is difficult, however, to say in what sense conventional truth is indeed a truth as opposed to a falsehood. Indeed, many passages in prominent texts suggest that it is entirely false. This chapter explains the sense in which, for Candrakīrti and Tsongkhapa, conventional truth is truth.

Keywords: Candrakīrti; Tsongkhapa; two truths; conventional truth; Madhyamaka; Buddhist philosophy

Chapter.  6685 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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