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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: a. Optionality and Adaptiveness

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44165


Provisionality helps us positively look beyond absolutization by having alternative options available. These options may or may not be consciously considered, but are possible channels for our desires. Having greater optionality enables adaptivity, in the sense of helping us meet a variety of needs in changing and unpredictable conditions. These further options can also be seen as a range of weak links in our neural networks. Provisionality is compatible with decisiveness, because time-framing is one of the conditions we need to address (considering the maximum range of options) in judgement.

Chapter Contributors

  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'