Can a Mādhyamika Be a Skeptic? The Case of Patsab Nyimadrak

Georges Dreyfus

in Moonshadows

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751426
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827190 | DOI:
Can a Mādhyamika Be a Skeptic? The Case of Patsab Nyimadrak

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This chapter compares the twelfth-century Tibetan thinker Patsab’s interpretation of Madhyamaka with certain readings of ancient skepticism, focusing on the central question that skeptical accounts face: Can the skeptic advance a thesis, or is it merely therapeutic? This chapter argues that Patsab’s approach is similar to that of Sextus in that it offers a radical answer to this question, and the chapter then asks whether his approach is compatible with constructive philosophy.

Keywords: Patsab; Madhyamaka; skepticism; Sextus; Pyrrhonism; Tibetan philosophy; Candrakīrti

Chapter.  11747 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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