Guest lecture by Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Roy Tzohar (Tel Aviv University)
Buddhist philosophy is fundamentally ambivalent toward language, paradoxically seen as both obstructive and necessary for liberation. As a case study, this talk will present the ingenious response to this tension from the Yogācāra school of Indian Buddhism, arguing that all language-use is metaphorical. Exploring the profound implications of this claim, as well as its broader Indian scholastic context, Tzohar will make the case for viewing the Yogācāra account as a full-fledged theory of meaning, one that is not merely linguistic, but also applicable both in the world as well as in texts.
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