Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka A Philosophical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0195384962

ISBN-13: 9780195384963

Edition: 2010

Authors: Jan Westerhoff

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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.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Interpretations of svabhava
Negation
The catuskoti or tetralemma
Causation
Motion
The self
Epistemology
Language
Conclusion
Bibliography
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