Philosophy East and West 69 (2):439-463 (2019)

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Kris McDaniel
Syracuse University
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The distinction between "the two truths" was initially developed to resolve seeming contradictions in the Buddha's teachings.1 The Buddha teaches that persons should act compassionately, that persons will be reincarnated, and that persons do not exist. The first two lessons seem inconsistent with the third. Consistency could be restored by distinguishing kinds of truth: the first and second lessons are conventionally true, but it is conventionally but not ultimately true that persons exist.2In addition to this semantic distinction, there is an ontological distinction between modes of being that also promises to restore consistency. As many note, "the two truths" is a distinction between entities at least as much as...
Keywords meta-ontology  Abhidharma  ontological pluralism  the two truths  Buddhist philosophy  composition
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DOI 10.1353/pew.2019.0034
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