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The fifth corner of four : an essay on buddhist metaphysics and the catuṣkoṭi

Author: Graham Priest
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Graham Priest presents an exploration of Buddhist metaphysics, drawing on texts which include those of Nāgārjuna and Dōgen. The development of Buddhist metaphysics is viewed through the lens of the catuṣkoṭi At its simplest, and as it appears in the earliest texts, this is a logical/ metaphysical principle which says that every claim is true, false, both, or neither; but the principle itself evolves, assuming  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Graham Priest
ISBN: 9780198758716 0198758715
OCLC Number: 1079066284
Description: xx, 172 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Before the beginning --
Part I. Early India --
General background --
Quintum non-Datur --
Part II. Later India --
Emptiness --
The fifth corner --
Paradox and ineffability --
Part III. East Asia --
And so on --
The golden lion --
Enlightenment --
After the end --
A methodological coda.
Other Titles: Essay on buddhist metaphysics and the catuṣkoṭi
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Graham Priest presents an exploration of the development of Buddhist metaphysics, which is viewed through the lens of the catuskoti. In its earliest and simplest form this is a logical/metaphysical  Read more...

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