The Unanswered Questions and the Limits of Knowledge
In this article I look at the Buddha's refusal to answer certain questions in light of the dynamics of ancient Indian debate. Doing so foregrounds a dimension of the Buddha's interaction with his interlocutors that is central for understanding the problem of what are known as the Undetermined or Unanswered (avyākata) Questions: namely, the Buddha's knowledge and authority vis-à-vis rival teachers.
KeywordsUnanswered Questions Debate No-self
All references are to the relevant Pali Text Society editions, with their corre- sponding volumes
Aṅguttara Nikāya Aṭṭhakathā (Manorathapūraṇī)
Dīgha Nikāya Aṭṭhakathā (Sumaṅgalavilāsinī)
Udāna Aṭṭhakathā (Paramatthadīpanī)