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Madhyamaka, Metaphysical Realism and the Possibility of an Ancestral World
Abstract

Abstract

It is sometimes argued that metaphysical anti-realists cannot consistently affirm the evident truth that the world existed before any conscious subjects evolved. I consider how Mādhyamikas could respond, and, in so doing, clarify where Madhyamaka may be situated in debates about metaphysical realism.