Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka : A Philosophical Introduction
The Indian philosopher Acharya Nagarjuna (c. 150-250 CE) was the founder of the Madhyamaka (Middle Path) school of Mahayana Buddhism and arguably the most influential Buddhist thinker after Buddha himself. Indeed, in the Tibetan and East Asian traditions, Nagarjuna is often referred to as the "second Buddha." His primary contribution to Buddhist thought lies is in the further development of the concept of sunyata or "emptiness." For Nagarjuna, all phenomena are without any svabhaba, literally "own-nature" or "self-nature," and thus without any underlying essence. In this book, Jan Westerhoff offers a systematic account of Nagarjuna's philosophical position. He reads Nagarjuna in his own philosophical context, but he does not hesitate to show that the issues of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy have at least family resemblances to issues in European philosophy.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 160 x 236 x 24mm | 521.63g
- 23 Feb 2009
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; ABBREVIATIONS; BIBLIOGRAPHY
Of course the book should be read by anyone seriously interested in Indian and Buddhist philosophy. But those who do metaphysics would do well to consider the challenges that Nagarjuna's arguments represent. They may find that they have reason to thank Westerhoff for making these arguments accessible to non-specialists. * Mark Siderits, Mind * ...readable and well-argued book...Westerhoff gives Nagarjuna back his philosophical voice. He does so with great sensitively to the religious background and to the historical critical apparatus, but steers a firm and clear course...a book of our times. * Jonardon Ganeri, Times Literary Supplement * it is a rich philosophical feast. * Richard P. Hayes, Journal of the American Oriental Society *
About Jan Westerhoff
Jan Westerhoff is a lecturer in Philosophy at University of Durham.