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When we understand that something is a pot, is it because of one property that all pots share? This seems unlikely, but without this common essence, it is difficult to see how we could teach someone to use the word pot or to see something as a pot. The Buddhist apoha theory tries to resolve this dilemma, first, by rejecting properties such as potness and, then, by claiming that the element uniting all pots is their very difference from all non-pots. In other words, when we seek out a pot, we select an object that is not a non-pot, and we repeat this practice with all other items and expressions.Writing from the vantage points of history, philosophy, and cognitive science, the contributors to this volume clarify the nominalist apoha theory and explore the relationship between apoha and the scientific study of human cognition. They engage throughout in a lively debate over the theory's legitimacy. Classical Indian philosophers challenged the apoha theory's legitimacy, believing instead in the existence of enduring essences. Seeking to settle this controversy, essays explore whether apoha offers new and workable solutions to problems in the scientific study of human cognition. They show that the work of generations of Indian philosophers can add much toward the resolution of persistent conundrums in analytic philosophy and cognitive science.

Book details

EAN

9780231153607

Classifications

Analytical philosophy & Logical Positivism
Oriental & Indian philosophy

Format

Hardback

Number of pages

344 pages

Weight(g)

581g

Dimensions(mm)

229 x 152

Publication date

2011-09-13

Publisher

Columbia University Press

Readership

Professional & Vocational

Series

Series Editor

Imprint

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Publication City/Country

United States

Language

EAN 9780231153607
Classification Analytical philosophy & Logical Positivism
Oriental & Indian philosophy
Format Hardback
Number of pages 344 pages
Weight(g) 581g
Dimensions(mm) 229 x 152
Publication date 2011-09-13
Publisher Columbia University Press
Readership Professional & Vocational
Series
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language:

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