The treasury of metaphysics and the physical world

Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216):389–401 (2004)
Most modern analytic philosophers have ignored works of Indian philosophy such as Vasubandhu's 'Treasury of Metaphysics'. This neglect is unjustified. The account of the nature of the physical world given in the 'Treasury' is a one-category ontology of dharmas, which are simple, momentary tropes. They include basic physical tropes, the most fundamental level of the physical world, as well as higher-level tropes, including sensible properties such as colours, which are known as derived form. I argue that the relationship between the basic physical tropes and derived form is one of supervenience. Vasubandhu's theory is a powerful and flexible one, which can be adapted so as to be consistent with modern science
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.0031-8094.2004.00359.x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 25,651
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology.David K. Lewis - 1999 - Cambridge: Uk ;Cambridge University Press.
The Problem of the Many.Peter Unger - 1980 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 5 (1):411-468.
The Metaphysic of Abstract Particulars.Keith Campbell - 1981 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 6 (1):477-488.
The Individuation of Tropes.Jonathan Schaffer - 2001 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 79 (2):247 – 257.
Buddhist Reductionism.Mark Siderits - 1997 - Philosophy East and West 47 (4):455-478.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Bhāvaviveka's Arguments for Emptiness.Charles Goodman - 2008 - Asian Philosophy 18 (2):167-184.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
A Natural Account of Phenomenal Consciousness.Max Velmans - 2001 - Communication and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly Journal 34 (1):39-59.
Wide Physical Realization.Wim de Muijnck - 2003 - Inquiry 46 (1):97 – 111.
The Problem of Mental Causation and the Nature of Properties.S. C. Gibb - 2004 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (3):464-75.
The Properties of Mental Causation.David Robb - 1997 - Philosophical Quarterly 47 (187):178-94.
Themes in My Philosophical Work.Terence E. Horgan - 2002 - In Johannes L. Brandl (ed.), Essays on the Philosophy of Terence Horgan. Atlanta: Rodopi. pp. 1-26.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

28 ( #175,506 of 2,143,762 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #386,855 of 2,143,762 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums