gad rgyangs wrote:Acchantika wrote:This
and perhaps this
may be helpful to understand the kinds of statements I believe are being referred to.
Ok, according to the first page you link to, it says "An assertion is a speech act in which something is claimed to hold...in an assertion it is asserted that so-and-so"
- 2.1 Presupposition
A sentence such as
(4) Kepler died in misery
is not true unless the singular term ‘Kepler’ has reference.
If we consider this in terms of your examples, we remember that Nagarjuna spent the previous 23 chapters negating the possibility of a referent.
So taken in context, they cannot be said to be asserting something.