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MoonshadowsConventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy$
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The Cowherds

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751426.001.0001

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The Merely Conventional Existence of the World

The Merely Conventional Existence of the World

(p.189) 12 The Merely Conventional Existence of the World

Jan Westerhoff (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter presents a framework that allows us to make sense of the Madhyamaka view that all objects are conventional truths, that is, merely conventionally existent objects. To do this the chapter first discusses a contemporary account of the conventional nature of linguistic signs (offered by David Lewis) and then suggests an expansion that accounts not just for conventionally existent names but also for conventionally existent objects.

Keywords:   Madhyamaka, two truths, convention, David Lewis, game theory

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