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Two truths in Buddhist philosophy

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-ZB003-1
Published
2023
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-ZB003-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2023
Retrieved June 16, 2024, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/thematic/two-truths-in-buddhist-philosophy/v-1

Article Summary

Contemporary academic Buddhist philosophers are putting forward some tentative proposals to articulate the nature of the two truths in Buddhist philosophy and its relationship with Western philosophical theories of truth. Current philosophical studies reveal that the two truths in Buddhist thought are not in any way directly equivalent to any of the Western philosophical conceptions of truth. Even when approaching the two truths semantically, which is the predominant approach to truth in Western philosophy, the traditional Buddhist philosophers are not strict correspondence theorists and neither are they strictly coherentists. Nor are they pragmatists or realists, not even fictionalists or deflationary theorists in a strict Western philosophical sense. And yet, as we shall observe, the Buddhist notions of truth do share many aspects in common with Western philosophical treatments of truth.

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Thakchoe, Sonam. Two truths in Buddhist philosophy, 2023, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-ZB003-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/thematic/two-truths-in-buddhist-philosophy/v-1.
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