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Nagarjuna's MadhyamakaA Philosophical Introduction$
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Jan Westerhoff

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375213.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
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Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka
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Jan Westerhoff (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375213.003.0001

This introductory chapter introduces Nāgārjuna as a philosophical thinker and gives a brief discussion of the difficulties faced when trying to establish his exact dates and location. This chapter justifies the choice of the six texts comprising the so-called ‘Yukti-corpus’ as the basis for the discussion in the book and adds some remarks on methodology. The chapter also provides a brief outline of the philosophical study of Nāgārjuna in the West. This is followed by a synopsis of the arguments presented in the following chapters.

Keywords:   dating Nāgārjuna, Yukti-corpus, methodology, Nāgārjuna and Western thinkers

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