Pointing at the Moon: Buddhism, Logic, Analytic Philosophy


[Posted by BR]

Another new title from OUP that looks very interesting, this one on the relationship between Buddhism and Western philosophy. (It includes an essay by Rupert Read on Wittgenstein and Zen, which I am eager to read.) To visit OUP’s webpage for the book, click here.

Here is the publisher’s description, followed by the table of contents:

This volume collects essays by philosophers and scholars working at the interface of Western philosophy and Buddhist Studies. Many have distinguished scholarly records in Western philosophy, with expertise in analytic philosophy and logic, as well as deep interest in Buddhist philosophy. Others have distinguished scholarly records in Buddhist Studies with strong interests in analytic philosophy and logic. All are committed to the enterprise of cross-cultural philosophy and to bringing the insights and techniques of each tradition to bear in order to illuminate problems and ideas of the other. These essays address a broad range of topics in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, epistemology, and metaphysics, and demonstrate the fecundity of the interaction between the Buddhist and Western philosophical and logical traditions.

And here is the table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1: Chris Mortensen: Zen and the Unsayable
  • 2: Rupert Read: Wittgenstein and Zen Buddhism: One Practice, No Dogma
  • 3: Jan Westerhoff: The No-Thesis View: Making Sense of Verse 29 of Nāgārjuna’s Vigrahavyāvartanī
  • 4: Mario D’Amato: Why the Buddha Never Uttered a Word
  • 5: Mark Siderits: Is Reductionism Expressible?
  • 6: Jay L. Garfield and Graham Priest: Mountains Are Just Mountains
  • 7: Tom J.F. Tillemans: How Do Mādhyamikas Think? Notes on Jay Garfield, Graham Priest, and Paraconsistency
  • 8: Koji Tanaka: A Dharmakīrtian Critique of Nāgārjunians
  • 9: Raymond Martin: Would It Matter All That Much If There Were No Selves?
  • 10: Dan Arnold: Svasavitti as Methodological Solipsism: “Narrow Content” and the Problem of Intentionality in Buddhist Philosophy of Mind
  • Bibliography

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