Buddhism and Language: A Study of Indo-Tibetan Scholasticism

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SUNY Press, Jul 1, 1994 - Philosophy - 299 pages
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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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Contents

Scholasticism
11
Language and Scripture
27
The Nature of Doctrine The Buddhas Word and Its Transcendence
29
Hermeneutics The Truth and Meaning of Scripture
53
Commentary The Enterprise of Exegesis
71
The Authority of Scripture
89
Language and Philosophy
113
The Validation of Language and Thought
115
Language and Ontology
153
Ineffability and the Silence of the Buddha
171
Conclusion
189
Abbreviations
201
Notes
203
Selected Bibliography
265
Name Index
291
Copyright

The Defense of Logic
141

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Jose Ignacio Cabezon is Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religion, Iliff School of Theology. He was author of A Dose of Emptiness and editor of Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender, both published by SUNY Press.

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