Res Philosophica 98 (1):43-61 (2021)

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Chien-hsing Ho
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
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In this article, I first introduce an Indian Madhyamaka Buddhist critique of causality and discuss critically a contemporary Humean interpretation of the critique. After presenting a Chinese Madhyamaka interpretation, I resort to an ontological conception of indeterminacy, termed ontic indeterminacy, which draws on Chinese Madhyamaka thought together with Jessica Wilson’s account of metaphysical indeterminacy, to show that the conception is well equipped to unravel two puzzling issues that arise from the critique. I suggest that a world that consists of things that are indeterminate with respect to certain ways they are is sufficient for it to embody causal phenomena.
Keywords causation  metaphysical indeterminacy  ontic indeterminacy  critique of causality  Nāgārjuna  Chinese Madhyamaka
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DOI 10.11612/resphil.1992
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