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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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(p.129) 6 Motion
Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka

Jan Westerhoff (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter deals with Nāgārjuna’s arguments concerning motion. Nāgārjuna’s two main arguments against motion (the property-absence argument and the property-duplication argument) are analyzed. The chapter argues that these were not meant to function as arguments establishing a particular view of the structure of time and space but are argument-templates concerned with properties and their instantiation. The prominent place of the investigation of motion in Nāgārjuna’s main work is to be explained by the fact that he regards ordinary motion as a sample case of the motion of the subject in transmigratory existence.

Keywords:   motion, time, space, property, instantiation, transmigratory existence

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