Thanks. I read your article. I wasn’t aware of that Buddhist thinker, but his skepticism seems to have interesting implications for horror and cosmicism (a subject I’m interested in). Buddhism is certainly one of the more respectable religious philosophies, compared to the Western ones, at least, although I have a few sticking points when it comes to Buddhism.

I take a pragmatic view of truth and the role of concepts. All concepts simplify by generalizing. We model the world, focusing on the parts that interest us or that we can humanize with our modes of understanding (as Kantians would say). Scientific models are truer than, say, pseudoscientific ones, but this amounts to saying that science is more empowering than straight-up fictions (although fictions can be socially useful as frauds).

I wrote a number of articles on my blog on this question of whether our generalizations ever capture reality. One in particular that might interest you is Reason, Attitude, and Ultimate Reality. You might also get a kick out of the dialogue I wrote on Medium, featuring the Marquis de Sade and the Buddha. I don’t mean to swamp you with recommended readings, but here are a couple more articles of mine on facets of Buddhism, in case you’re interested: Buddhists, Pessimists, and the End of Suffering and Nihilism, Cosmicism, and Nishitani’s Buddhism.

I’ll have a look at some of your other Medium articles (or “stories” as they’re supposed to be called here, for some reason).

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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