Prasangika's Semantic Nominalism: Reality is Linguistic Concept [Book Review]

Journal of Indian Philosophy 40 (4):427-452 (2012)
Abstract
Buddhist semantic realists assert that reality is always non-linguistic, beyond the domain of conceptual thought. Anything that is conceptual and linguistic, they maintain, cannot be reality and therefore cannot function as reality.The Pra¯san˙gika however rejects the realist theory and argues that all realities are purely linguistic—just names and concepts—and that only linguistic reality can have any causal function. This paper seeks to understand the Pra¯san˙gika’s radical semantic nominalism and its philosophical justifications by comparing and contrasting it with the realistic semantic theories.
Keywords Buddhist philosophy of language  Semantic nominalism  Ontology  Universals  Unique particulars
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