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The (Two) Truths about Truth

Graham Priest, Mark Siderits and Tom Tillemans

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/9780199751426.003.0008
The (Two) Truths about Truth

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The Buddhist doctrine of satyadvaya can be understood both as the claim that there are two realities (ontological) and as the claim that there are two truths (semantic). This chapter concerns the question of what notions of truth are at issue in the second sense, according to which statements or cognitions may be true in either of two ways, conventionally or ultimately. It starts by reviewing various Western theories of truth and then discusses which of these are appropriate, in particular, Abhidharma and Madhyamaka. Of central concern is the T-schema and how it functions in the two truths.

Keywords: satya; truth; Abhidharma; Madhyamaka; T-schema

Chapter.  9272 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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