A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy

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  • Copyright: 2013-04-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy is the most comprehensive single volume on the subject availab≤ 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

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations

Steven Emmanuel

Part I  Conceptual Foundations

1 The Philosophical Context of Gotama’s Thought
   Stephen J. Laumakis

2  Dukkha, Non-Self, and the Teaching on the Four “Noble Truths”
    Peter Harvey

3 The Conditioned Co-arising of Mental and Bodily Processes within Life and Between Lives
   Peter Harvey 

Part II  Major Schools of Buddhist Thought

4 Therav?da
   Andrew Skilton

5 Indian Mah?y?na Buddhism
   James Blumenthal

6 Tibetan Mah?y?na and Vajray?na  
   Douglas Duckworth
7 East Asian Buddhism
   Ronald S. Green

Part III  Themes in Buddhist Philosophy


8 Metaphysical Issues in Indian Buddhist Thought
   Jan Westerhoff

9 Emptiness in Mah?y?na Buddhism: Interpretations and Comparisons
   David Burton

10 Practical Applications of the Perfection of Wisdom S?tra and  Madhyamaka in  the K?lacakra Tantric Tradition
     Vesna A. Wallace

11 The Huayan Metaphysics of Totality
     Alan Fox

12 Forms of Emptiness in Zen
     Bret W. Davis

13 Between the Horns of Idealism and Realism: The Middle Way of Madhyamaka
    Graham Priest

14 A Survey of Early Buddhist Epistemology
     John J. Holder

15 Reason and Experience in Buddhist Epistemology
     Christian Coseru

16 The Three Truths in Tiantai Buddhism      
     Brook Ziporyn

17 “Spiritual Exercise” and Buddhist Epistemologists in India and Tibet
      Matthew T. Kapstein

18 Yogic Perception, Meditation, and Enlightenment: The Epistemological Issues in a Key Debate
     Tom J. F. Tillemans

Language and Logic

19 Language and Logic in Indian Buddhist Thought       
     Brendan S. Gillon

20   Buddhist Philosophy of Logic
       Koji Tanaka
21 Candrak?rti on the Limits of Language and Logic  
    Karen C. Lang    

22 On the Value of Speaking and Not Speaking: Philosophy of Language in Zen Buddhism      
    Steven Heine

23 The Voice of Another: Speech, Responsiveness, and Buddhist Philosophy       
     Richard F. Nance

Philosophy of Mind

24 Mind in Therav?da Buddhism
     Maria Heim 

25 Philosophy of Mind in Buddhism
     Richard P. Hayes

26 Cognition, Phenomenal Character, and Intentionality in Tibetan Buddhism
    Jonathan Stoltz

27 The Non-Self Theory and Problems in Philosophy of Mind
     Joerg Tuske

Ethics and Moral Philosophy
28 Ethical Thought in Indian Buddhism
     Christopher W. Gowans

29 Character, Disposition, and the Qualities of the Arahats as a Means of Communicating Buddhist Philosophy in the Suttas
     Sarah Shaw

30 Compassion and the Ethics of Violence
     Stephen Jenkins

31 Buddhist Ethics and Western Moral Theories
     William Edelglass 

Social and Political Philosophy

32 The Enlightened Sovereign: Buddhism and Kingship in India and Tibet
     Georgios T. Halkias

33 Political Interpretations of the Lotus S?tra
     James Mark Shields

34 Socially Engaged Buddhism: Emerging Patterns of Theory and Practice       
    Christopher S. Queen

35 Comparative Reflections on Buddhist Political Thought: A?oka, Shambhala and the General Will
     David Cummiskey        

Part IV  Buddhist Meditation

36 Buddhist Meditation: Theory and Practice  
     Charles Goodman

37 Seeing Mind, Being Body: Contemplative Practice and Buddhist  Epistemology     
    Anne Carolyn Klein

38 From the Five Aggregates to Phenomenal Consciousness:  Towards a Cross-Cultural Cognitive Science
    Jake H. Davis and Evan Thompson

Part V  Contemporary Issues and Applications

39 Buddhism and Environmental Ethics      
    Simon P. James

40 Buddhism and Biomedical Ethics      
    Damien Keown

41 War and Peace in Buddhist Philosophy       
     Sallie B. King

42 Buddhist Perspectives on Human Rights 
     Karma Lekshe Tsomo

43 Buddhist Perspectives on Gender Issues
     Rita M. Gross

44 Diversity Matters: Buddhist Reflections on the Meaning of Difference   
     Peter D. Hershock

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