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dc.contributor.authorJones, Dhivan Thomas
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-28T11:55:41Z
dc.date.available2020-01-28T11:55:41Z
dc.date.issued2019-12
dc.identifier.citationJones, D, T. (2019). 'A Teleological Mode of Conditionality in Early Buddhism', International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture, 29(2), 119–149.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/623131
dc.description.abstractIn addition to the twelve links (nidānas) of dependent arising (paṭicca-samuppāda), early Buddhist texts record a series of stages of the path to awakening, called “preconditions” (upanisās), which in the Pāli Upanisā Sutta (S 12: 23; pts ii.29–31) are joined in one series. Modern western Buddhists take this one series to imply that nidānas and upanisās exemplify an over-arching principle of conditionality. In this article I argue that the upanisās exemplify a distinctively teleological mode of conditionality. I investigate (i) the images of a tree coming to full growth and rain flowing to the seas used to illustrate the upanisās, (ii) the distinctly goal-directed language used in relation to the stages of the path, and finally (iii), I propose, via a discussion of Aristotle on teleology, that the upanisās represent a teleological mode of conditionality, such that each stage of the path becomes the condition for the next, in relation to an aim or goal of awakening. I argue that the series of upanisās has a normative, rather than phenomenological, character, and I compare the series to a recipe. I conclude with the suggestion that the similarity between upanisās and nidānas lies in their being necessary conditions, and that this similarity constitutes a “family resemblance” (in Wittgenstein’s phrase). The over-arching principle of conditionality is not a feature of reality over and above such a family resemblance.en_US
dc.publisherAcademy of Buddhist Studies, Dongguk University, Koreaen_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.dbpia.co.kr/Journal/articleDetail?nodeId=NODE09286374en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectconditionalityen_US
dc.subjectdependent-arisingen_US
dc.subjectcausalityen_US
dc.subjectupanisāen_US
dc.subjectteleologyen_US
dc.titleA Teleological Mode of Conditionality in Early Buddhismen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Buddhist Thought and Cultureen_US
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderunfundeden_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.16893/IJBTC.2019.06.29.2.119en_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2219-12-31
rioxxterms.publicationdate2019-12
dc.dateAccepted2019-12-16
dc.date.deposited2020-01-28en_US
dc.indentifier.issn1598-7914en_US


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