Editorial Reviews. Review. ” Westerhoff’s commentary is lucid, philosophically engaging, and included ample references for the serious student of Indian or. The Dispeller of Disputes This page intentionally left blank The Dispeller of Disputes N¯ag¯arjuna’s Vigrahavy¯avar. The Dispeller of Disputes – Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani — translated and commented by Jan Westerhoff · A short work by the.

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Alternatively, if the idea of such a regress was abandoned, the other option open to us was that the epistemic instruments are established without requiring epistemic instruments.

This is o we should not think of illumination and darkness as risputes kinds of objects that somehow have to connect to interact with one another, as, for example, water has to connect with salt in order to dissolve it. The opponent wants to argue that the epistemic instruments and objects are establishers and established by nature; however, this claim turns out to be inconsistent or assuming that they are mutually dependent. But if these do not exist, the conventions fail to connect with anything and therefore cease to be functional.

Science Logic and Mathematics. For if illumination and darkness are understood as mutual absences, rather than as independent objects, it is clear why the darkness in the room next door is not illuminated by the candle in here. Emptiness is established by way of conventional truth, since all philosophical debates must happen at this level.

The initial position is not mine.

Jan Westerhoff, The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani – PhilPapers

In this case it is unclear to us which of the two is the father and which is the son. This point requires some explanation. Perception is not established by something else, by inference, likeness, or testimony; inference by perception, likeness, or testimony; likeness by perception, inference, or testimony; testimony by perception, inference, or likeness. To this extent, for you ddispeller compounded becomes not compounded.


The connection between the objection in verse 12 and this reply might not be immediately apparent. Choose your country or region Close.

The Dispeller of Disputes

The Dispeller of Disputes: Having drawn a blank in evaluating all of the theoretical possibilities, the Madhyamaka arrives at the conclusion that there must have been something wrong with our presuppositions.

But neither of these provides the kind of foundation the realist requires.

dispelleg What the critic would want to show is that the properties which make us doubt the authenticity of B are precisely the ones that make it resemble A. Error arises at the level of judgment, when correct simple perceptions are put together in the wrong way. For according to your opinion, the assertion is nonexistent and the substance of all things is also non-existent.

Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani – Oxford Scholarship

The opponent does speak occasionaly in the second half for example in the autocommentary on verses 33, 37, 40, and It then gives a list of further central notions of the Buddhist doctrine. In this case it is unclear to us which of these are epistemic instruments and which are epistemic objects.

In this case we need a further epistemic instrument, and so on. This is certainly dispures most famous and also one of the most puzzling verses in the entire text. The qualities of buddhahood are something which is not there all the time but which is brought about through the practice of the Buddhist path.

Only at the absolute level do we directly apprehend the conventional as empty, and only at this level liberation is attained. The thesis therefore holds with full generality. It is just the same for the inauspicious things, and so forth. This is because a name, too, due to the absence of substance in things, is insubstantial and therefore empty. This reply dispelleg be to state that substance is not a simple term of the language. And because it is dependently arisen therefore it is empty of substance.


Search my Subject Specializations: Causality relates cause and effect which exist at different times; we can only squeeze one of these relata into the present moment, so the other must be supplied by our mind, either as a memory or as an expectation.

The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani

This verse takes up the position set out in verses 42 and 43, that is, that the epistemic instruments are established in dependence on their objects. 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 Mulamadhyamakakarika.

There is an inequality to be explained, since some objects are established by epistemic instruments, and some are not. Inthe manuscript was brought to Beijing and later returned to Lhasa, where it is now kept in the Tibet Museum. If we suppose that the negation and the object of negation are simultaneous, then the negation is not the cause of the object to be negated and the object of negation is not the cause of the negation.