Studies in Buddhist Philosophy

Hardcover | April 23, 2016

byMark Siderits

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This volume brings together nineteen of Mark Siderits's most important essays on Buddhist philosophy. Together they cover a wide range of topics, from metaphysics, logic, philosophy of language, epistemology, and ethics, to the specific discussions of the interaction between Buddhist andclassical Indian philosophy. Each of the essays is followed by a postscript that Siderits has written specifically for this volume. The postscripts connect essays of the volume with each other, show thematic interrelations, and locate them relative to the development of Siderits's thought. In addition, they provide theopportunity to bring the discussion of the essays up to date by acquainting the reader with the development of research in the field since the publication of the essays. Siderits's work is based on an investigation of Indian sources in their original language, nevertheless the focus of the essays is primarily systematic, not historical or philological. The idea of 'fusion philosophy' (a term coined by Siderits) embodies precisely the assumption that by bringing aWestern and an Eastern tradition together, both can benefit by learning from each other about new ways of tackling old philosophical problems.

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This volume brings together nineteen of Mark Siderits's most important essays on Buddhist philosophy. Together they cover a wide range of topics, from metaphysics, logic, philosophy of language, epistemology, and ethics, to the specific discussions of the interaction between Buddhist andclassical Indian philosophy. Each of the essays i...

Mark Siderits' research interests lie in the intersection between classical Indian philosophy on the one hand, and analytic metaphysics and philosophy of language on the other. He received his PhD from Yale University, and taught first at Illinois State University and then at Seoul National University, retiring from the latter in 2012....

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jan Westerhoff: Introduction1: Madhyamaka and anti-realism1.1. Nagarjuna as anti-realist1.2. Thinking on empty: Madhyamaka anti-realism and canons of rationality1.3. On the soteriological significance of emptiness1.4. A Note on the Early Buddhist Theory of Truth2: Logical and metaphysical problems2.1. Perceiving Particulars: A Buddhist Defense2.2. Do Persons Supervene on Skandhas?2.3. Causation in Early Madhyamaka2.4. Contradiction in Buddhist argumentation2.5. Deductive, inductive, both, or neither?3: Philosophy of language 3.1. Buddhist nominalism and desert3.2. Apohavada, nominalism, and resemblance theories3.3. The Sense-Reference Distinction in Indian Philosophy of Language4: Epistemology4.1. The Madhyamaka critique of epistemology I4.2. The Madhyamaka critique of epistemology II4.3. Madhyamaka on Naturalized Epistemology5: Ethics5.1. Buddhist paleo-compatibilism5.2. Buddhist reductionism and the structure of Buddhist ethics6: Buddhist and non-Buddhist Indian Philosophy6.1. Nyaya realism, Buddhist critique6.2. Distinguishing the Madhyamika from the Advaitin: a field guideAbbreviationsBibliography