Pointing at the Moon Buddhism, Logic, Analytic Philosophy

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This volume collects essays by philosophers and scholars working at the interface of Western philosophy and Buddhist Studies. Many have distinguished scholarly records in Western philosophy, with expertise in analytic philosophy and logic, as well as deep interest in Buddhist philosophy. Others have distinguished scholarly records in Buddhist Studies with strong interests in analytic philosophy and logic. All are committed to the enterprise of cross-cultural philosophy and to bringing the insights and techniques of each tradition to bear in order to illuminate problems and ideas of the other. These essays address a broad range of topics in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, epistemology, and metaphysics, and demonstrate the fecundity of the interaction between the Buddhist and Western philosophical and logical traditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195381566
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mario D'Amato is Assistant Professor of Religion at Rollins College. He specializes in Yogácára philosophy and philosophy of religion. His study and translation of the treatise Yogácára Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes will be published in 2009.

Jay L. Garfield is Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Smith College, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne and at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in India. His research addresses topics in Buddhist philosophy, Cognitive Science, and cross-cultural hermeneutics.

Tom J.F. Tillemans is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on Buddhist logic and epistemology, and is General Secretary of the International Association of Buddhist Studies.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Chris Mortensen, Zen and the Unsayable
Chapter 2: Rupert Read, Wittgenstein and Zen Buddhism: One Practice, No Dogma
Chapter 3: Jan Westerhoff, The No-Thesis View: Making Sense of Verse 29 of Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani
Chapter 4: Mario D'Amato, Why the Buddha Never Uttered a Word
Chapter 5: Mark Siderits, Is Reductionism Expressible?
Chapter 6: Jay L. Garfield and Graham Priest, Mountains Are Just Mountains
Chapter 7: Tom J.F. Tillemans, How Do Madhyamikas Think? Notes on Jay Garfield, Graham Priest, and Paraconsistency
Chapter 8: Koji Tanaka, A Dharmakirtian Critique of Nagarjunians
Chapter 9: Raymond Martin, Would It Matter All That Much If There Were No Selves?
Chapter 10: Dan Arnold, Svasamvitti as Methodological Solipsism: 'Narrow Content' and the Problem of Intentionality in Buddhist Philosophy of Mind
1. Zen and the Unsayable, Chris Mortensen
2. Wittgenstein and Zen Buddhism: One Practice, No Dogma, Rupert Read
3. The No-Thesis View: Making Sense of Verse 29 of Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani, Jan Westerhoff
4. Why the Buddha Never Uttered a Word, Mario D'Amato
5. Is Reductionism Expressible?, Mark Siderits
6. Mountains Are Just Mountains, Jay L. Garfield and Graham Priest
7. How Do Madhyamikas Think? Notes on Jay Garfield, Graham Priest, and Paraconsistency, Tom J.F. Tillemans
8. A Dharmakirtian Critique of Nagarjunians, Koji Tanaka
9. Would It Matter All That Much If There Were No Selves?, Raymond Martin
10. Svasavitti as Methodological Solipsism: "Narrow Content" and the Problem of Intentionality in Buddhist Philosophy of Mind, Dan Arnold

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