[Buddha-l] Realism, anti-realism and Buddhism

Richard Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Thu May 22 15:05:15 MDT 2008

On Thursday 22 May 2008 13:13:48 Erik Hoogcarspel wrote:

> Aren't the avyak.rtaas an indication of Gautama's antirealism?

I don't think so. Those are questions that Gautama saw no point in answering, 
because knowing the answers would have no bearing on the causes of discontent 
and their eradication. If he had said that the questions simply have no 
answers, or that there is no truth to the matter, then he might be an 

Richard Hayes
Department of Philosophy
University of New Mexico

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