Who is that Masked Man? Candrakīrti’s Opponent in Prasannapadā I 55.11–58.13

Journal of Indian Philosophy 39 (6):677-694 (2011)

The paper aims to determine the identity of an unnamed opponent in a passage of the first chapter of the Prasannapadā whose school affiliation eluded traditional Tibetan scholars and is disputed by modern scholars. The individual(s) in question, whose fundamental ontological views are made evident in the passage’s opening objection as presented by Candrakīrti, has/have alternatively been identified as the Mādhyamika Bhāviveka, as representatives of the Naiyāyika school and, following Stcherbatsky, as Dignāga and/or later members of his epistemological-logical tradition. Although textual evidence adduced by authors of recent publications has been viewed as supportive of the hypothesis that the interlocutor is Dignāga, the general nature of this evidence and awareness of Dignāga’s ontological presuppositions suggest that the matter requires reconsideration.
Keywords Madhyamaka   Prasannapadā  Candrakīrti  Dignāga  Nyāya
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DOI 10.1007/s10781-011-9145-9
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