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Rhetoric and the Reception Theory of Rationality in the Work of Two Buddhist Philosophers
Author McClintock, Sara L. (著)
Source Argumentation
Volumev.22 n.1
Date2008.03
Pages27 - 41
PublisherSpringer
Publisher Url https://link.springer.com/
LocationDordrecht, the Netherlands [多德雷赫特, 荷蘭]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Language英文=English
KeywordReception theory of rationality; New rhetoric; Santaraksita; Kamalasila; Universal audience
AbstractAlthough rhetoric is not a category of ancient Indian philosophy, this paper argues that Śāntarakṣita and Kamalaśīla, 2 eighth-century Indian Buddhist philosophers, can nonetheless be seen to embrace a rhetorical conception of rationality. That is, while these thinkers are strong proponents of rational analysis and philosophical argumentation as tools for attaining certainty, they also uphold the contingent nature of all such processes. Drawing on the categories of the New Rhetoric, this paper argues that these Buddhist thinkers understand philosophical argumentation to be directed at a universal audience of rational beings, where this universal audience is not an actual audience but a rhetorical one constructed through the author’s particular and historically contingent conception of what counts as rational. A reception theory of rationality is one that holds that the rationality of an argument depends upon its acceptance by a rational audience. When philosophers recognize the historically contingent nature of what counts as rational, they can embrace a reception theory of rationality that neither reduces the rational to mere opinion nor restricts it to a single, absolute, and timeless standard.
Table of contents1 Introduction 28
2 The New Rhetoric and the Universal Audience 29
3 The Reception Theory of Rationality in Two Works of Buddhist Philosophy 32
4 Philosophy as Rhetorical in the Buddhist Tradition 38
References 40
ISSN0920427X (P); 15728374 (E)
DOI10.1007/s10503-007-9071-x
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Created date2008.03.14
Modified date2022.03.22



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