Turning a madhyamaka trick: Reply to Huntington [Book Review]

Journal of Indian Philosophy 36 (4):507-527 (2008)

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Jay Garfield
Smith College
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Huntington ; argues that recent commentators err in attributing to Nāgārjuna and Candrakīrti a commitment to rationality and to the use of argument, and that these commentators do violence to the Madhyamaka project by using rational reconstruction in their interpretation of Nāgārjuna’s and Candrakīrti’s texts. Huntington argues instead that mādhyamikas reject reasoning, distrust logic and do not offer arguments. He also argues that interpreters ought to recuse themselves from argument in order to be faithful to these texts. I demonstrate that he is wrong in all respects: Nāgārjuna and Candrakīrti deploy arguments, take themselves to do so, and even if they did not, we would be wise to do so in commenting on their texts
Keywords Madhyamaka  Nāgārjuna  Candrakīrti  Huntington  Positionlessness   Mūlamadhyamakakārikā   Madhyamakāvatāra   Vigrahavyāvartanī
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DOI 10.1007/s10781-008-9045-9
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