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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For those who dismiss this book with breath-taking nonchalance, please note the title. It's not "Buddhism for Dummies." Philosophy by its nature requires at least a little heavy mental lifting on any reader's part. Siderits does as good a job as possible at presenting some very profound and complex ideas and debates in a straightforward and illuminating way, while not dumbing them down. A must-read for all serious students of Buddhist philosophy. 

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Writing from a more philosophical perspective and using more of a reductio format this book is easy to follow for those new or already familiar with Buddhist theory, philosophy, and religion.

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 in the Department of Philosophy at Illinois State University, USA.

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