Logic of identity and identity of contradiction
Department of Philosophy, University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila 1015, Philippines
Western philosophy has mainly developed in accordance with the three laws of identity, noncontradiction and excluded middle, also known as “laws of thought”. Since Zen Buddhism often violates these apparently indisputable logical principles, a superficial reading may induce the idea that Zen Buddhism is a completely irrational, illogical doctrine. In this essay, I argue that Zen Buddhism is not absurd or illogical. Conversely, it relies on a different logic, which is perfectly consonant with the Buddhist view of the world.
Zen , Logic , Identity , Contradiction
Capra, R. (2017) 'Logic of identity and identity of contradiction', KRITIKE, 11(2), pp. 121-139
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