Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction

Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction

Jan Westerhoff


The Indian thinker Acharya Nāgārjuna (c. 150-250 CE) used to be the founding father of the Madhyamaka (Middle course) university of Mahayana Buddhism and arguably the main influential Buddhist philosopher after Buddha himself. certainly, within the Tibetan and East Asian traditions, Nāgārjuna is frequently known as the ‘second Buddha.’ His fundamental contribution to Buddhist notion lies within the additional improvement of the idea that of sunyata or ‘emptiness.’ For Nāgārjuna, all phenomena are with none svabhaba, actually ‘own-nature’ or ‘self-nature’, and therefore with none underlying essence. during this booklet, Jan Westerhoff deals a scientific account of Nāgārjuna’s philosophical place. He reads Nāgārjuna in his personal philosophical context, yet he doesn't hesitate to teach that the problems of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy have not less than kinfolk resemblances to matters in eu philosophy.

“This is a wonderful publication. it's the first analytical account of Nāgārjuna’s philosophical method as an entire, and is wealthy in philosophical perception and in scholarship. Westerhoff considers Nāgārjuna’s complete philosophical corpus, in addition to an enormous array of canonical Indian and Tibetan literature and smooth scholarship. His account of Nāgārjuna’s suggestion and of the literature that has grown round it's philologically rigorous and philosophically astute. He units Nāgārjuna’s issues within the context of Indian Buddhist philosophy and makes potent makes use of the assets of Western philosophy to appreciate and to explicate his rules. crucial studying for a person drawn to Buddhist philosophy.” —Jay L. Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor within the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Smith collage, and writer of Fundamental knowledge of the center method: Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā and Empty Words, translator of Tsongkhapa’s Ocean of Reasoning

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