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The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani

Jan Westerhoff


The Vigrahavyāvartanī is a short work by the second-century Indian Buddhist philosopher Nāgārjuna. In this text, which is written in a lively question-and-answer style he addresses a number of objections (coming both from Buddhists and from non-Buddhists) which have been put forward against his theory of emptiness discussed in his main work, the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā. The Vigrahavyāvartanī is especially noteworthy for its treatment of topics which Nāgārjuna does not much discuss elsewhere, in particular questions of epistemology and the philosophy of language. The purpose of this book is to unl ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, philosophy, Mahayana, Madhyamaka, Madhyamika, Nāgārjuna, Indian philosophy, Buddhist philosophy

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199732692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732692.001.0001


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Jan Westerhoff, author
University of Durham
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