Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - Buddhism - 232 pages
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There has been a recent upsurge in interest in Buddhist philosophy, but there is as yet no satisfactory text on the subject. Buddhism as Philosophy fills that void. Unlike other texts that serve to introduce Buddhist thought, it is written by a philosopher and it shows how the Buddhist tradition deals with the same sorts of problems that get treated in Western philosophy and employs the same sorts of methods. This book does more than just report what Buddhist philosophers said; it presents the arguments of the Buddhist philosophers, in their own words, and it invites the reader to assess their overall cogency. In short, Buddhism as Philosophy investigates the Buddhist tradition by way of the characteristically philosophical concern for finding out the truth about complicated matters in metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.
 

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Clearly written, providing some historical background with emphasis on philosophical underpinnings: metaphysics, ontology, ethics. A great introduction to Buddhist philosophy. Read full review

Review: Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction

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I'd pair it with a classic text book on analytic philosophy (eg Armstrong's short book) and teach an undergraduate course as "Buddhism as Philosophy and Philosophy as Buddhism" Read full review

Contents

Basic Teachings
15
Empty Persons
32
Buddhist Ethics
69
A Nyaya Interlude
85
The Metaphysics of Empty Persons
105
TheRiseofMahayana
138
soteriological consequences
180
Buddhist Epistemology
208
Index
231
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Mark Siderits is Professor of Philosophy, Illinois State University.

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