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Madhyamaka, metaphysical realism and the possibility of an ancestral world.

James, Simon P. (2018) 'Madhyamaka, metaphysical realism and the possibility of an ancestral world.', Philosophy East and West., 68 (4). pp. 1116-1133.


It is sometimes argued that metaphysical anti-realists cannot consistently affirm the evident truth that the world existed before any conscious subjects evolved. I consider how Mādhyamikas could respond, and, in so doing, clarify where Madhyamaka may be situated in debates about metaphysical realism.

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Publisher statement:This article first appeared in the volume 68, issue 4, 2018 issue of Philosophy East and West journal published by the University of Hawai‘i Press
Date accepted:27 April 2017
Date deposited:27 April 2017
Date of first online publication:15 February 2019
Date first made open access:27 April 2017

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