THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Welcomes: MARK SIDERITS (Seoul National University)
Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion department on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 5:30pm for his lecture called:
“Causation, ‘Humean’ Causation and Emptiness“
ABSTRACT: One strategy Mâdhyamikas use to support their claim that nothing has intrinsic nature (svabhâva) is to argue that things with intrinsic nature could not enter into causal relations. But it is not clear that there is a good Madhyamaka argument against ultimate causation that understands causation in ‘Humean’ terms and understands dharmas as tropes. After exploring the rationale behind the intrinsic-nature criterion of dharma-hood, I survey the arguments Mâdhyamikas actually give for their claim that anything dependently originated must be devoid of intrinsic nature, and suggest that none actually succeeds in ruling out this hypothesis about how ultimate causation might work.
March 7, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm
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