Philosophy East and West 70 (4):1022-1046 (2020)

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Allison Aitken
Columbia University
Jeffrey McDonough
Harvard University
Abstract
Śrīgupta, a Buddhist philosopher in the Middle Way tradition, was born in Bengal in present-day India in the seventh century. He is best known for his Introduction to Reality with its accompanying auto-commentary,1 in which he presents the first Middle Way iteration of the influential "neither-one-nor-many argument."2 This antifoundationalist line of reasoning sets out to prove that nothing enjoys ontologically independent being.Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was born some one thousand years later, in the city of Leipzig, situated on the outskirts of European learning and thought. He is best known today for having co-invented the infinitesimal calculus, for his...
Keywords Śrīgupta, Leibniz, unity, being
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DOI 10.1353/pew.2020.0074
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