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Gorisse, Marie-Helene (2009) 'The art of non-asserting. Dialogue with Nagarjuna.' Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. FoLLLi series, 5378. pp. 257-268.

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In his paper 'Nagarjuna as anti-realist', Siderits showed that it makes sense to perform a connection between the position of the Buddhist Nagarjuna and contemporary anti realist theses such as Dummett’s one. The aim of this paper is to argue that this connection is an important one to perform for one’s correct understanding of what Nagarjuna is doing when he criticizes the contemporary Indian theories of knowledge and assertion, first section. But as soon as the theories of argumentation are involved, this connection can be implemented in a better way from an other anti realist perspective, namely the one of Dialogical logic (Erlangen school), in which the signification is given in terms of rules in a language game. The philosophical issues are to hold an interpretation of the type of assertion performed by Nagarjuna. The paper aims at making a rational reconstruction of Nagarjuna's chief claim ‘I do not assert any proposition’ in which a proposition is considered as the set of its strategies of justification. As for the last section, the point will be to apply these analyses to Buddhist practice. The conventional character of human activities will be considered as the fact that any speech act is performed within a dialogue under ad-hoc restrictions; and the question of one’s progress in the soteriological path to liberation will be asked1.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions > Centre of Buddhist Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions > Centre of Jaina Studies
ISSN: 03029743
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Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 08:46

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