Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly


The second-century Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna had it out for anyone addicted to logic. He recognized logic’s importance in the context of philosophical discourse but observed that many of his non-Buddhist contemporaries wrongly believed in the ultimate reality of their system. Even worse, to his mind, they believed that logic would liberate them from the cycle of birth and death. In (Wisdom 2018), Jan Westerhoff translates Nagarjuna’s critique of logic () and offers detailed commentary on the implications of its verses. He emphasizes that Nagarjuna’s goal in this text is to demonstrate that complex logical systems can be carefully harmonized with Buddhist teachings on emptiness, and thus

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