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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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Interpretations of Svabhāva

Interpretations of Svabhāva

(p.19) 2 Interpretations of Svabhāva
Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka

Jan Westerhoff (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the concept of inherent existence (svabhāva), one of the central notions of Madhyamakaa philosophy. This is a notion of considerable complexity. The chapter gives a brief sketch of its history beginning with the Abhidharma, and distinguish two important senses of svabhāva: essence-svabhāva and substance-svabhāva. For the purposes of understanding Nāgārjuna’s arguments the chapter argues that it is particularly important to distinguish two of its conceptual dimensions: an ontological and a cognitive one. The chapter also addresses the problem of the emptiness of emptiness.

Keywords:   svabhāva, inherent existence, substance, essence, Abhidharma, refutation of svabhāva, arguments against svabhāva

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