1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Indian Buddhist Philosophy

    702 Pages
    by Routledge

    702 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Indian Buddhist Philosophy is the first scholarly reference volume to highlight the diversity and individuality of a large number of the most influential philosophers to have contributed to the evolution of Buddhist thought in India. By placing the author at the center of inquiry, the volume highlights the often unrecognized innovation and multiplicity of India’s Buddhist thinkers, whose unique contributions are commonly subsumed in more general doctrinal presentations of philosophical schools. Here, instead, the reader is invited to explore the works and ideas of India’s most important Buddhist philosophers in a manner that takes seriously the weight of their philosophical thought.

    The forty chapters by an international and interdisciplinary team of renowned contributors each seek to offer both a wide-ranging overview and a philosophically astute reading of the works of the most seminal Indian Buddhist authors from the earliest writings to the twentieth century. The volume thus also provides thorough coverage of all the main figures, texts, traditions, and debates animating Indian Buddhist thought, and as such can serve as an in-depth introduction to Buddhist philosophy in India for those new to the field. 

    Essential reading for students and researchers in Asian and comparative philosophy, The Routledge Handbook of Indian Buddhist Philosophy is also an excellent resource for specialists in Buddhist philosophy, as well as for contemporary philosophers interested in learning about the rigorous and rich traditions of Buddhist philosophy in India.

    Introduction William Edelglass, Pierre-Julien Harter, Sara McClintock

    Part 1: Buddhas as Philosophers

    Introduction to Part 1

    1. Gotama Buddha: His Quest and Teachings Bhikkhu Anālayo

    2. Siddhārtha Gautama: Beyond the Historical Figure Richard F. Nance

    3. The Tantric Buddha: Primordial Buddhas as Philosophical Authors Vesna A. Wallace

    4. Maitreya: The Future Buddha as an Author Klaus-Dieter Mathes

    Part 2: Poet Philosophers

    Introduction to Part 2

    5. Aśvaghoṣa: The Dawn of Indian Buddhist Philosophy Vincent Eltschinger

    6. The Milindapañha: How to Use a Philosophical Resource and Find a Literary Gem Sonam Kachru

    7. Cāttanār: Poet-Philosopher in Tamil Anne E. Monius

    8. Saraha: The Anti-Philosopher as Philosopher Roger R. Jackson

    Part 3: Abhidharma Philosophers

    Introduction to Part 3

    9. The Dhammasaṅganī and Vibhaṅga: The Perfectly-Awakened Buddha and the First Abhidhammikas Maria Heim

    10. Moggaliputta Tissa’s Points of Discussion (Kathāvatthu): Reasoning and Debate in Early Buddhist Thought Rupert Gethin

    11. Kātyāyanīputra and the Large Commentary (Mahāvibhāṣā): The Development of Abhidharma Literature and of a Sarvāstivāda Self-identity Bart Dessein

    12. The Vātsīputrīyas/Sāṃmitīya: Buddhist Personalism as a Mainstream School of Thought Peter Skilling

    Part 4: Philosophical Founders

    Introduction to Part 4

    13. Nāgārjuna: Dependent Arising Without Any Thing Arising Amber D. Carpenter

    14. Āryadeva: Quietism and Buddhist Ethics Tom J.F. Tillemans

    15. Asaṅga: Great Systematizer of Yogācāra Thought Jowita Kramer

    16. Vasubandhu: Mainstream and Mahāyāna Jonathan C. Gold

    17. Dignāga: Early Innovator in Buddhist Epistemology Kei Kataoka

    18. Dharmakīrti: Philosopher and Defender of the Faith John Taber

    Part 5: Early Period Commentators (Fifth – Seventh Century)

    Introduction to Part 5

    19. Buddhaghosa: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, and Understanding Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

    20. Bhāviveka: Madhyamaka Dialectic, Doxography, and Soteriology Karl-Stéphan Bouthillette

    21. Dharmapāla: A Janus-Faced Interpreter of Yogācāra? Ching Keng

    22. Sthiramati: A Yogācāra Commentator and Innovator Roy Tzohar and Jowita Kramer

    23. Devendrabuddhi and Śākyabuddhi: Dharmakīrti’s First Commentators Alexander Yiannopoulos

    24. Candrakīrti: Gardener of Sky-Flowers Mattia Salvini

    Part 6: Middle Period Commentators (Eighth – Ninth Century)

    Introduction to Part 6

    25. Śubhagupta: An Externalist Outsider Within the Dharmakīrtian Tradition Serena Saccone

    26. Dharmottara: Systematic and Innovative Commentator David Nowakowski

    27. Jñānagarbha: Two Truths Theory, Gradualism, and Mādhyamika Philosophy Ryusei Keira

    28. Śāntarakṣita: Climbing the Ladder to the Ultimate Truth Allison Aitken

    29. Kamalaśīla: Madhyamaka Champion of Magical Reason Sara McClintock

    30. Haribhadra: The Voice of Perfect Wisdom Pierre-Julien Harter

    31. Śāntideva: Virtue on the Empty Path of the Bodhisattva Stephen Harris

    32. Prajñākaragupta: Buddhist Epistemology as the Path to the Wisdom of Non-Duality Shinya Moriyama

    Part 7: Late Period Commentators (Tenth – Twelfth Century)

    Introduction to Part 7

    33. Jitāri: A Later Buddhist Master of Debate Junjie Chu

    34. Jñānaśrīmitra: Variegated Non-Duality Lawrence McCrea

    35. Ratnakīrti: Aligning Everyday Experience with Momentariness and Idealism Patrick McAllister

    36. Ratnākaraśānti: The Illumination of False Forms Gregory Max Seton

    37. Atiśa: The Great Middle Way of Mere Appearance James B. Apple

    38. Abhayākaragupta: A Last Great Paṇḍita Kazuo Kanō

    Part 8: Modern Philosophers

    Introduction to Part 8

    39. B. R. Ambedkar: Justice, Religion, and Buddhist Political Philosophy William Edelglass

    40. The Dalai Lama XIV: A Modern Indian Philosopher Jay L. Garfield.



    William Edelglass is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Emerson College and Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, USA.

    Pierre-Julien Harter is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Professor of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies at University of New Mexico, USA.

    Sara McClintock is Associate Professor of Religion at Emory University, USA.

    'A splendid and comprehensive study of Buddhist philosophy in its country of origin. The Routledge Handbook of Indian Buddhist Philosophy is an important addition to the global philosophy movement.' - Owen Flanagan, Duke University, USA

    'With an emphasis on the creative originality of key historical philosophers, and with a line-up of the finest scholars in Buddhist philosophy, this volume is sure to become an indispensable resource for teachers and scholars alike, and also serve as a magnificent introduction to the dynamism and potentiality of the field.' - Jonardon Ganeri, University of Toronto, Canada

    'This carefully edited volume provides an understanding of Indian Buddhist philosophy through the study of the authorial figures that shaped its schools and doctrines. From the early discourses to the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, a picture emerges of an active intellectual enterprise devoted to the exploration of some of the most profound issues in philosophy.' - Anita Avramides, University of Oxford, UK

    'An amazing resource for scholar and student alike, the chapters in this book, written by the very best scholars in the field, masterfully introduce the life and thought of the major figures of Indian Buddhist philosophy in clear and readable prose. There is no book quite like it. The next time I teach a course on this subject, this book will be atop the reading list.' - José Ignacio Cabezón, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

    'This Handbook is a landmark contribution to the field, offering superb coverage of the principal Indian Buddhist philosophers and showcasing the breadth and depth of one of the world’s richest philosophical traditions. It will be an essential reference work for scholars and students alike for years to come.' - Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia, Canada

    'This is a great resource for all those who want to learn more about Indian Buddhism and its philosophical traditions. It explores in great depth many different aspects of these rich traditions and will be an invaluable resource for those interested in further exploring Indian Buddhist philosophy.' - Georges Dreyfus, Williams College, USA