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Tyron Goldschmidt and Kenneth L. Pearce

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198746973.001.0001

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Buddhist Idealism

Buddhist Idealism

Chapter:
(p.178) 11 Buddhist Idealism
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Idealism
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Bronwyn Finnigan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198746973.003.0011

This chapter surveys some of the most influential Buddhist arguments in defense of idealism. It begins by clarifying the central theses under dispute and rationally reconstructs arguments from four major Buddhist figures in defense of some or all of these theses. It engages arguments from Vasubandhu’s Viṃśikā and Triṃśikā; Dignāga’s Ālambanaparīkṣā; the sahopalambhaniyama inference developed by Dharmakīrti; and Xuanzang’s logical argument. It aims to clarify what is being argued and motivate these arguments in terms of their presuppositions. These presuppositions range from views about the nature of mind and metaphysics to epistemology and logic. By making this context explicit, this chapter introduces central ideas in Buddhist philosophy and suggests ways in which they were mobilized in support of an idealist conclusion.

Keywords:   Buddhism, Yogācāra, Vasubandhu, Dignāga, Dharmakīrti, Xuanzang, Buddhist epistemology, Buddhist logic, svasaṃvedana

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