Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-cultural Interpretation

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 306 pages
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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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Much of it is relatively technical, especially the parts dealing with Nagarjuna, and not suited to those who haven't read the key texts. I did enjoy the comparison with Sextus Empiricus a lot, though. Read full review

Review: Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation

User Review  - Goodreads

Much of it is relatively technical, especially the parts dealing with Nagarjuna, and not suited to those who haven't read the key texts. I did enjoy the comparison with Sextus Empiricus a lot, though. Read full review

Contents

Scepticism East and West
3
Why Did Nagarjuna
24
Do the Madhyamika Relinquish
46
Implications Sacred and Profane
69
Nagarjuna and the Limits of Thought with Graham Priest
86
Comments Concerning
109
A Translation
128
A Cittamatra Reading of Berkeley
152
Toward a Unified Moral
187
n Buddhism and Democracy
206
Samdhong Rinpoches Approach
220
Temporality and AlterityDimensions of Hermeneutic
229
Philosophy Religion and the Hermeneutic Imperative
251
Notes
261
References
291
Index
299

Ineffability and the Limits of Language in Madhyamaka
170

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Jay L. Garfield is at University of Massachusetts.

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