Buddhism and Language: A Study of Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism

Buddhism and Language: A Study of Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism

by Jose Ignacio Cabezon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791418995

ISBN-13: 9780791418994

Pub. Date: 07/28/1994

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Taking language as its general theme, this book explores how the tradition of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophical speculation exemplifies the character of scholasticism.

Scholasticism, as an abstract and general category, is developed as a valuable theoretical tool for understanding a variety of intellectual movements in the history of philosophy of religion. The

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Taking language as its general theme, this book explores how the tradition of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophical speculation exemplifies the character of scholasticism.

Scholasticism, as an abstract and general category, is developed as a valuable theoretical tool for understanding a variety of intellectual movements in the history of philosophy of religion. The book investigates the Buddhist Scholastic theory and use of scripture, the nature of doctrine and its transcendence in experience, Mahayana Buddhist hermeneutics, the theory and practice of exegesis, and questions concerning the authority of sacred texts. It also deals with the Buddhist Scholastic theory of conceptual thought as the mirror of language, the Scholastic defense of logic and rationality as a method, as well as the role of language in the idealist and nominalist ontologies of the Mahayana. Finally, the author treats the question of ineffability and the silence of the Buddha from a new perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791418994
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Series:
SUNY series, Toward a Comparative Philosophy of Religions Series
Pages:
314

Table of Contents

Foreword
by Frank E. Reynolds

Introduction

1. Scholasticism

Section I Language and Scripture

2. The Nature of Doctrine: The Buddha's Word and Its Transcendence

3. Hermeneutics: The Truth and Meaning of Scripture

4. Commentary: The Enterprise of Exegesis

5. The Authority of Scripture

Section II Language and Philosophy

6. The Validation of Language and Thought

7. The Defense of Logic

8. Language and Ontology

9. Ineffability and the Silence of the Buddha

10. Conclusion

List of Abbreviations

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Indexes

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