The Merely Conventional Existence of the World

Jan Westerhoff

in Moonshadows

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751426
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827190 | DOI:
The Merely Conventional Existence of the World

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This chapter presents a framework that allows us to make sense of the Madhyamaka view that all objects are conventional truths, that is, merely conventionally existent objects. To do this the chapter first discusses a contemporary account of the conventional nature of linguistic signs (offered by David Lewis) and then suggests an expansion that accounts not just for conventionally existent names but also for conventionally existent objects.

Keywords: Madhyamaka; two truths; convention; David Lewis; game theory

Chapter.  11017 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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