Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation / Edition 1

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This volume collects Jay Garfield's essays on Madhyamaka, Yog-ac-ara, Buddhist ethics and cross-cultural hermeneutics. The first part addresses Madhyamaka, supplementing Garfield's translation of Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (OUP, 1995), a foundational philosophical text by the Buddhist saint Nagarjuna. Garfield then considers the work of philosophical rivals, and sheds important light on the relation of Nagarjuna's views to other Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophical positions.

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"It represents useful constructive philosophical engagement with Buddhist texts and offers much-needed theoretical and practical reflection on the project of cross-cultural philosophy itself."— The Journal of Religion

"Empty Words represents a serious engagement with Buddhist philosophy and contributes to the exegesis of Madhyamaka and Yogacara thought. More importantly, however, I think that it contributes to the further development of Buddhist philosophy as a continuing project"-Mario D'Amato, Hampshire College, Philosophy East & West

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195146721
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Madhyamaka
1 Epoche and Sunyata: Scepticism East and West 3
2 Dependent Arising and the Emptiness of Emptiness: Why Did Nagarjuna Start with Causation? 24
3 Emptiness and Positionlessness: Do the Madhyamika Relinquish All Views? 46
4 Nagarjuna's Theory of Causality: Implications Sacred and Profane 69
5 Nagarjuna and the Limits of Thought 86
Pt. II Yogacara
6 Three Natures and Three Naturelessnesses: Comments Concerning Cittamatra Conceptual Categories 109
7 Vasubandhu's Treatise on the Three Natures: A Translation and Commentary 128
8 Western Idealism through Indian Eyes: A Cittamatra Reading of Berkeley, Kant, and Schopenhauer 152
9 Sounds of Silence: Ineffability and the Limits of Language in Madhyamaka and Yogacara 170
Pt. III Ethics and Hermeneutics
10 Human Rights and Compassion: Toward a Unified Moral Framework 187
11 Buddhism and Democracy 206
12 The "Satya" in Satyagraha: Samdhong Rinpoche's Approach to Nonviolence 220
13 Temporality and Alterity - Dimensions of Hermeneutic Distance 229
14 Philosophy, Religions, and the Hermeneutic Imperative 251
Notes 261
References 291
Index 299
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