Review Questions For 5.3

1. How, according to your author, does the Nyaya school argue in defense of the existence of a self?

2. The first Buddhist objection to the Nyaya position on the self makes use of the idea of cause and effect. Explain this objection.

3. What role does memory play in the Nyaya answer to the Buddhist cause-and-effect-based objection?

4. How does the Buddhist attempt to answer the memory-based reply that Nyaya makes in response to the Buddhist criticism?

5. At the end of section 5.3, your author suggests that the Buddhist might have more resources to defend her position than the exchange suggests. In particular, he suggests that the Buddhist might make better use of the distinction between conventional truth and ultimate truth. How do you think the Buddhist might draw on this distinction to reply to the Nyaya attack on their view? Support your answer. (Hint: If you need help, read section 6.6 of the next chapter, pp. 128-130!)

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