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Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation

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This volume collects Jay Garfield's essays on Madhyamaka, Yog-ac-ara, Buddhist ethics and cross-cultural hermeneutics. The first part addresses Madhyamaka, supplementing Garfield's translation of Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (OUP, 1995), a foundational philosophical text by the Buddhist saint Nagarjuna. Garfield then considers the work of philosophical rivals, and ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2001)
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Blaine
Jay Garfield's Empty Words is a challenging but highly rewarding set of essays that reveal his deep scholarship on Buddhist philosophy and its growing influence on western academic philosophers. I have been working on one essay at a time, chewing and digesting slowly, researching along the way, and coming away enriched and more appreciative of the slow but steady engagement of Buddhist philosophy by western philosophers. Garfield surely is among the leaders of this engagement with the presentati ...more
Rohan
Jun 27, 2009 Rohan rated it it was amazing
Really top-notch scholarship. The metaphysics and epistemology are really great, the essays on liberal political theory less so. There are enough typos to get on your nerves, which is weird since this is Oxford University Press. Maybe the copy editor got drunk or never showed up. The first eight pages of the essay "Nagarjuna's Theory of Causality: Implications Sacred and Profane" is especially worth reading for its implications for a philosophy of science.
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Jul 30, 2012 Gwern rated it liked it
Much of it is relatively technical, especially the parts dealing with Nagarjuna, and not suited to those who haven't read the key texts. I did enjoy the comparison with Sextus Empiricus a lot, though.
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