Buddhism and Language: A Study of Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism

Buddhism and Language: A Study of Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism

by Jose Ignacio Cabezon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791419002

ISBN-13: 9780791419007

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791419007
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Series:
SUNY Series, Toward a Comparative Philosophy of Religions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction1
1Scholasticism11
Sect. ILanguage and Scripture
2The Nature of Doctrine: The Buddha's Word and Its Transcendence29
3Hermeneutics: The Truth and Meaning of Scripture53
4Commentary: The Enterprise of Exegesis71
5The Authority of Scripture89
Sect. IILanguage and Philosophy
6The Validation of Language and Thought115
7The Defense of Logic141
8Language and Ontology153
9Ineffability and the Silence of the Buddha171
10Conclusion189
List of Abbreviations201
Notes203
Selected Bibliography265
Indexes291

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