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Recognizing Reality by Georges B.J. Dreyfus
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Homage to Manjushri! If I ever achieve my M.A., it will largely (almost entirely) be thanks to Georges B.J. Dreyfus and this particular work. Even if you have no interest in Tibetan Buddhism, this book delivers a lucid, much needed and "reader-friendly" overview of Western philosophy (predominantly analytic tradition). Of course, such is offered to make possible his more exacting discussion of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy; particularly Dharmakirti's theory.*

Georges Dreyfus has both a Ph.D. in Western philosophy and also holds the much coveted, extremely rare equivalent title of "Geshe" in the Tibetan scholastic system. So, i don't know what else to say. If you want to know how things exist (at least from the Buddhist perspective), Dreyfus is your man. And he does it all, for the most part, in "layman's terms"! But please note: if you're more interested in deconstructionism, he addresses that kind of East-West comparison more in his "The Sound of Two Hands Clapping."

e.g., the "Dignaga-Dharmakirti "logico-epistemological" tradition.
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