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The Fifth Corner of Four: An Essay on Buddhist Metaphysics and the Catuskoti

Graham Priest


The book charts the development of Buddhist metaphysics, drawing on texts which include those of Nagarjuna and Dogen. The development is viewed through the lens of the Catuṣkoṭi At its simplest, and as it appears in the earliest texts, this is a logical/metaphysical principle which says that every claim is true, false, both, or neither; but the principle itself evolves, assuming new forms as the metaphysics develops. An important step in the evolution incorporates ineffability. Such things make no sense from the perspective of a logic which endorses the principles of excluded middle and non-co ... More

Keywords: Buddhist metaphysics, catuṣkoṭi, non-duality, ineffability, Nagarjuna, Dogen, First Degree Entailment, plurivalent logic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758716
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198758716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham Priest, author
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York

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