Incommensurability of two conceptions of reality: Dependent origination and emptiness in Nāgārjuna's MMK

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Abstract

Nāgārjuna is reconstructed here as someone who challenges the way that much of the mainstream Western and Indian philosophical traditions deal with the tension between conceptions of ultimate and conventional reality, termed "genic" and "generative." He argues for fundamental incommensurability between the two and proposes a radically different way to understand the world, making it generatively real and genically empty. In so doing, he questions the distortive presence of genic elements in our understanding of the world, everyday and meditative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-48
Number of pages24
JournalPhilosophy East and West
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy

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