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Prāsaṅgika. A branch of the Mādhyamaka school of Buddhist philosophy which regards itself as adhering most faithfully to the methodology of Nāgārjuna, the founder of the Mādhyamaka system. It adopts the strategy of criticizing the views of its opponents by deriving undesired consequences (prasaṅga) from them, rather than setting out a positive thesis of its own. Main proponents of the Prāsaṅgika method were Buddhapālita and Candrakīrti, while the Svatantrika cause was championed by Bhāvaviveka.