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How Far Can a Mādhyamika Buddhist Reform Conventional Truth? Dismal Relativism, Fictionalism, Easy-Easy Truth, and the Alternatives

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/9780199751426.003.0009
How Far Can a Mādhyamika Buddhist Reform Conventional Truth? Dismal Relativism, Fictionalism, Easy-Easy Truth, and the Alternatives

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Mādhyamikas of Candrakīrti’s school often say they accept as conventionally true all and only what the world accepts to be true. The rationale they invoke is that since all things are empty of intrinsic nature, there simply can be no more sophisticated or defendable truths than what the world endorses. This chapter considers the implications of that position. The key issue is whether truth can still remain a normative concept. The prospects are discussed first by looking at Madhyamaka philosophy in terms of fictionalism and then in terms of deflationism about truth.

Keywords: Madhyamaka; truth; normativity; fictionalism; deflationism

Chapter.  7728 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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