Abstract

Abstract:

This essay seeks to explain the somewhat paradoxical Yogācāra Buddhist view of the possibility of non-conceptual language use (under what is called 'subsequent awareness', tatpṛṣṭhalabdhajñāna). The essay unpacks the school's understanding of non-conceptuality, drawing extensively on contemporary non-conceptualist theory, as well as on conceptualist accounts that are referred to here as "inclusivist." It is argued that the inclusivists' proposal that we view conceptual articulation itself as a form of practical-skillful action presents some intriguing affinities (but also important disaffinities) with the Yogācāra conception of language use, and takes us some way toward understanding what a concept is for a Yogācāra Buddhist.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 638-660
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-03
Open Access
No
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