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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.183) 9 Language
Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka

Jan Westerhoff (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter attempts to analyze Nāgārjuna’s conception of language. Particular emphasis is placed on an investigation of Nāgārjuna’s famous statement that he does not have any philosophical thesis. The chapter considers several interpretations of this statement and a suggest a semantic one which entails that Nāgārjuna does not accept theses interpreted on the basis of a particular realist semantics. The chapter also considers the question what a ‘Madhyamakaa-compatible’ semantics would look like.

Keywords:   language, semantics, Vigrahavyāvartanī, Nāgārjuna, realist semantics

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