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What is Debate for? The Rationality of Tibetan Debates and the Role of Humor
Author Dreyfus, Georges B. J. (著)
Source Argumentation
Volumev.22 n.1
Pages43 - 58
Publisher Url
LocationDordrecht, the Netherlands [多德雷赫特, 荷蘭]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
KeywordDebate; Tibetan Buddhism; Rationality; Humor; Dialectics
AbstractIn this essay, I examine the mode of operation and aim of debates in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. I contrast the probative form of argument that was privileged by the Indian tradition to the more agonic practice favored by Tibetan scholastics. I also examine the rules that preside over this dialectical practice, which is seen by the Tibetan tradition as essential to a proper scholastic education. I argue, however, that the practice of debates cannot be reduced to this dialectical model, for it has an important performative aspect not easily encompassed by the rules. I examine this aspect of Tibetan debates, focusing particularly on the role of humor. I conclude with a few remarks on the type of rationality entailed by the importance of humor and of other rhetorical elements involved in Tibetan debates.
Table of contents1 Introduction
2 Debate as a Dialectical Practice
3 Rules and Procedures of Debate
4 The Performative Nature of Tibetan Debates
5 The Role of Humor
ISSN0920427X (P); 15728374 (E)
Created date2022.05.03
Modified date2022.05.10

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