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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
Arindam ChakrabartiArindam Chakrabarti

(fl.150 ad).Greatest scepticmystic dialectician of the Voidist school of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Nāgārjuna interpreted Buddha's ‘middle way’ as emptiness of all things. This emptiness, best shown through silence, is realized when assent is withheld from all four logically possible answers to a metaphysical question (yes, no, both, neither). For example: ‘Entities do not originate from themselves, from a wholly other entity, or from both, and nor do they originate without a cause’. This relegates Buddha's own teachings about dependent origination, suffering, selflessness, and ... ...

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