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Title: Cracking the Tetralemma: Extant Literature, Ultimate and Conventional Truth, and Nagarjuna’s Ontological Expressivism
Authors: Kalsi, Jaspreet
Advisors: Lederman, Harvey
Department: Philosophy
Class Year: 2020
Abstract: The tetralemma is a logical tool used by Buddhist philosophers. It contains four elusive alternatives, the natures of which have been debated for 2000+ years. I describe many proposed forms of the tetralemma and point out flaws in them. I then present my own form that utilizes the conventional and ultimate distinction to solve the aforementioned problems. Finally, I connect my form to the novel reading I propose of Nagarjuna called “Ontological Expressivism.”
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Philosophy, 1924-2020

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