Early Buddhist Teaching as Proto-Sunyavada

Wynne, Alexander (2015) Early Buddhist Teaching as Proto-Sunyavada. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 6. pp. 213-241. ISSN 2047-1076 (Submitted)

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Abstract

"Early Buddhist Teaching as Proto-siinyavida
Alexander Wynne
This article argues that the search for a metaphysical foundation to early
Buddhist thought is futile. For if the world of experience is a cognitive
construction, as implied in a number of early discourses, it follows that
thought cannot transcend its limits, and cannot attain an objective picture
of reality. Despite this sceptical anti-realism, the Buddha's focus on the
causes of suffering also suggests that phenomena - although constructed
and ultimately unreal - follow a regular order, and so are in some sense
objectively real. Two orientations to the Buddha's Dhamma can thus be
identified, 'anti-realism' and 'constructed realism', which are roughly
equivalent to what the canonical teachings term 'no view' and 'correct
view'."

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Buddhist Studies
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Lauren Whiston
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 14:52
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2016 14:52
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1044

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