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Companion to Buddhist Philosophy

Emmanuel, Steven M. [Hrsg.]:
A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy / ed. by Steven M. Emmanuel. - Chichester ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. - xx, 736 S. - (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy ; 50)
ISBN 978-0-470-65877-2
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A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy is the most comprehensive single volume on the subject available; it offers the very latest scholarship to create a wide-ranging survey of the most important ideas, problems, and debates in the history of Buddhist philosophy.
- Encompasses the broadest treatment of Buddhist philosophy available, covering social and political thought, meditation, ecology and contemporary issues and applications
- Each section contains overviews and cutting-edge scholarship that expands readers understanding of the breadth and diversity of Buddhist thought
- Broad coverage of topics allows flexibility to instructors in creating a syllabus
- Essays provide valuable alternative philosophical perspectives on topics to those available in Western traditions
Notes on Contributors. xi
Acknowledgments. xviii
List of Abbreviations. xix
Steven M. Emmanuel:
Introduction. 1
Part I. Conceptual Foundations. 11
1. Stephen J. Laumakis:
The Philosophical Context of Gotama’s Thought. 13
2. Peter Harvey:
Dukkha, Non-Self, and the Teaching on the Four "Noble Truths". 26
3. Peter Harvey:
The Conditioned Co-arising of Mental and Bodily Processes within Life and Between Lives. 46
Part II. Major Schools of Buddhist Thought. 69
4. Andrew Skilton:
Theravâda. 71
5. James Blumenthal:
Indian Mahâyâna Buddhism. 86
6. Douglas Duckworth:
Tibetan Mahâyâna and Vajrayâna. 99
7. Ronald S. Green:
East Asian Buddhism. 110
Part III. Themes in Buddhist Philosophy. 127
A. Metaphysics. 129
8. Jan Westerhoff:
Metaphysical Issues in Indian Buddhist Thought. 129
9. David Burton:
Emptiness in Mahâyâna Buddhism: Interpretations and Comparisons. 151
10. Vesna A. Wallace:
Practical Applications of the Perfection of Wisdom Stra and Madhyamaka in the Kâlacakra Tantric Tradition. 164
11. Alan Fox:
The Huayan Metaphysics of Totality. 180
12. Bret W. Davis:
Forms of Emptiness in Zen. 190
13. Graham Priest:
Between the Horns of Idealism and Realism: The Middle Way of Madhyamaka. 214
B. Epistemology. 223
14. John J. Holder:
A Survey of Early Buddhist Epistemology. 223
15. Christian Coseru:
Reason and Experience in Buddhist Epistemology. 241
16. Brook Ziporyn:
The Three Truths in Tiantai Buddhism. 256
17. Matthew T. Kapstein:
"Spiritual Exercise" and Buddhist Epistemologists in India and Tibet. 270
18. Tom J. F. Tillemans:
Yogic Perception, Meditation, and Enlightenment: The Epistemological Issues in a Key Debate. 290
C. Language and Logic. 307
19. Brendan S. Gillon:
Language and Logic in Indian Buddhist Thought. 307
20. Koji Tanaka:
Buddhist Philosophy of Logic. 320
21. Karen C. Lang:
Candrakīrti on the Limits of Language and Logic. 331
22. Steven Heine:
On the Value of Speaking and Not Speaking: Philosophy of Language in Zen Buddhism. 349
23. Richard F. Nance:
The Voice of Another: Speech, Responsiveness, and Buddhist Philosophy. 366
D. Philosophy of Mind. 377
24. Maria Heim:
Mind in Theravâda Buddhism. 377
25. Richard P. Hayes:
Philosophy of Mind in Buddhism. 395
26. Jonathan Stoltz:
Cognition, Phenomenal Character, and Intentionality in Tibetan Buddhism. 405
27. Joerg Tuske:
The Non-Self Theory and Problems in Philosophy of Mind 419
E. Ethics and Moral Philosophy. 429
28. Christopher W. Gowans:
Ethical Thought in Indian Buddhism. 429
29. Sarah Shaw:
Character, Disposition, and the Qualities of the Arahats as a Means of Communicating Buddhist Philosophy in the Suttas. 452
30. Stephen Jenkins:
Compassion and the Ethics of Violence. 466
31. William Edelglass:
Buddhist Ethics and Western Moral Philosophy. 476
F. Social and Political Philosophy. 491
32. Georgios T. Halkias:
The Enlightened Sovereign: Buddhism and Kingship in India and Tibet. 491
33. James Mark Shields:
Political Interpretations of the Lotus Sūtra. 512
34. Christopher S. Queen:
Socially Engaged Buddhism: Emerging Patterns of Theory and Practice. 524
35. David Cummiskey:
Comparative Refl ections on Buddhist Political Thought: Aúoka, Shambhala and the General Will. 536
Part IV Buddhist Meditation. 553
36. Charles Goodman:
Buddhist Meditation: Theory and Practice. 555
37. Anne Carolyn Klein:
Seeing Mind, Being Body: Contemplative Practice and Buddhist Epistemology. 572
38. Jake H. Davis and Evan Thompson:
From the Five Aggregates to Phenomenal Consciousness: Towards a Cross-Cultural Cognitive Science. 585
Part V Contemporary Issues and Applications. 599
39. Simon P. James:
Buddhism and Environmental Ethics. 601
40. Damien Keown:
Buddhism and Biomedical Issues. 613
41. Sallie B. King:
War and Peace in Buddhist Philosophy. 631
42. Karma Lekshe Tsomo:
Buddhist Perspectives on Human Rights. 651
43. Rita M. Gross
Buddhist Perspectives on Gender Issues. 663
44. Peter D. Hershock:
Diversity Matters: Buddhist Refl ections on the Meaning of Difference. 675
Further Reading. 693
Index. 696


Steven M. Emmanuel is Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Wesleyan College, USA. He is the author of Kierkegaard and the Logic of Revelation (1996) and editor of two previous volumes with Blackwell: The Guide to the Modern Philosophers: From Descartes to Nietzsche (2001) and Modern Philosophy: An Anthology (2002). In 2008, he produced and directed an award-winning documentary film entitled Making Peace with Viet Nam. Profile page; Homepage.

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  1. Emmanuel, Steven M. [Hrsg.] (2013).  A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy; 50. xx, 736 S.