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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Dr Simon Paul James

James, Simon P. (2019). Madhyamaka, Metaphysical Realism and the Possibility of an Ancestral World. Philosophy East and West 68(4): 1116-1133.

Author(s) from Durham


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.