A Yogacara Buddhist Theory of Metaphor by Roy TzoharA Yogacara Buddhist Theory of Metaphor by Roy Tzohar

A Yogacara Buddhist Theory of Metaphor

byRoy Tzohar

Hardcover | May 21, 2018

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Buddhist philosophy is fundamentally ambivalent toward language. Language is paradoxically seen as both obstructive and necessary for liberation. In this book, Roy Tzohar delves into the ingenious response to this tension from the Yogacara school of Buddhism: that all language-use ismetaphorical. Exploring the profound implications of this claim, Tzohar makes the case for viewing the Yogacara account as a full-fledged theory of meaning, one that is not merely linguistic, but also applicable both in the world and in texts. Despite the overwhelming visibility of figurative language in Buddhist philosophical texts, this is the first sustained and systematic attempt to present an indigenous Buddhist theory of metaphor. By grounding the Yogacara's pan-metaphorical claim in a broader intellectual context, of both Buddhistand non-Buddhist schools, the book uncovers an intense philosophical conversation about metaphor and language that reaches across sectarian lines. Tzohar radically reframes the Yogacara controversy with the Madhyamaka school of philosophy, shedding light on Yogacara's application of particularmetaphors to its unique understanding of experience.
Roy Tzohar is a Senior Lecturer in East and South Asian studies at Tel Aviv University.
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Title:A Yogacara Buddhist Theory of MetaphorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 21, 2018Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190664398

ISBN - 13:9780190664398

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