Editorial Reviews. Review. ” Westerhoff’s commentary is lucid, philosophically engaging, and included ample references for the serious student of Indian or. The Dispeller of Disputes This page intentionally left blank The Dispeller of Disputes N¯ag¯arjuna’s Vigrahavy¯avar. The Dispeller of Disputes – Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani — translated and commented by Jan Westerhoff · A short work by the.

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The emptiness of all things was presented here in detail by our earlier remarks. For this reason, the opponent cannot maintain that illumination and darkness interact in the way he envisages them to do while maintaining that there is no connection between the two. But even if the opponent does not adopt this reading, it seems as if the best these empty epistemic instruments could provide are empty epistemic objects, known by a diputes who is empty, too.

The view that it is the theory of emptiness which somehow brings it about that all things lack substance is a misunderstanding addressed frequently in the Buddhist philosophical discussion. Madhyamika Buddhism —Early works to If we cannot ground their unsatisfactoriness in the the phenomena themselves, we have to refer to some kind of convention that we all share, on the basis of which they are regarded as unsatisfactory.

There is no substantial existence of that sound because it is dependently arisen. Even realists about moral norms, however, do not think that all rules are grounded like that. Then we could claim that even though the thesis of universal emptiness—if true—cannot refute the opponent, the dispe,ler cannot refute it either, since his counterargument is equally empty and therefore equally powerless.

This is what makes a mirage a mirage. They are still able to play the key roles in epistemology usually ascribed to them.

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Oxford University Press; 1 edition April 7, Language: The perception of water in the mirage cannot be regarded as substantial, as something that exists dependent only on itself, but not on other things. There is no decisive way of settling which way of interpreting the verse is the right one. On the other hand, if it does have argumentative power it must be substantial, so that the universal thesis that everything lacks substance has to be false.


But if we have to take the epistemic objects into account, the claim of self-establishment loses its basis. The proponent of emptiness obtains the counter-reason of the three times.

The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani

There is an inequality to be explained, and you should state the special reason. Given the problems of the alternative picture he provides, disphtes is in fact the preferable option.

Because of this, anyone who takes the Buddhist doctrine seriously has to accept that the auspicious and inauspicious phenomena it talks about have their properties by nature, independent of our conceptualization of them.

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Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Alternatively, we could understand the logical entailment between mathematical concepts as a dependence relation, so that mathematical objects as the relata of a dependence relation could not be substances, either.

The example he uses are the mental events that the Buddhists regard as auspicious or meritorious. It is not like that. Both have the characteristic of the father because they bring about something, and both have the characteristic of the son since they are brought about by something.

Not having had recourse dsipeller the conventional, the absolute is not taught. A similar strategy suggests itself to the global relativist in reply to the dilemma mentioned on page We can touch a pot in the dark, hear its sound if we bump into it, and so forth.

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For whom there is all this, the law of the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth, the attainment of the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth, the way of going toward the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth, the passing beyond the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth, the means for passing beyond the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth as well as all worldly conventions are established.


Civil War American History: We assume that the referent of the term in question is a deceptive appearance.

Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani on your Kindle in under a minute. Moreover, if that statement exists substantially, your earlier thesis is refuted. As causes temporally precede their effects, negation and negated object cannot be simultaneous, nor can the negation of the negated object exist before that very object.

Usually lack of spatial connection is a good explanation for why one thing cannot act on another one: In the same way in which for him simple terms are guaranteed to refer, simple perceptions can never be erroneous. Crucial manuscript material has been discovered since the earlier translations were written, and Westerhoff draws on this material to produce a study reflecting the most up-to-date research on this text.

Inference, testimony, and likeness are refuted by perception, as well as the objects to be established by inference, testimony, and example. To this extent there is no thing apprehended by perception, the epistemic instrument.

It is also evident how the example of illusion presented in verse 23 refutes the above discussion in six points. The method which has been indicated with reference to the auspicious things is just the same for the inauspicious, for the indeterminate, for those leading to liberation, and so forth.