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Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy

Freedom from Foundations, 1st Edition

Edited by Jay L. Garfield


254 pages

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The aim of this book is to address the relevance of Wilfrid Sellars’ philosophy to understanding topics in Buddhist philosophy. While contemporary scholars of Buddhism often take Sellars as a touchstone for philosophical analysis, and while many take Sellars’ corpus as their entrée into current philosophical discourse, fewer contemporary philosophers have crossed the bridge in the other direction, using Sellarsian ideas as a way of entering into Buddhist philosophy. The essays in this volume, written by both philosophers and Buddhist Studies scholars, are divided into two sections organized around two of Sellars’ essays that have been particularly influential in Buddhist Studies: "Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man" and "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind." The chapters in Part I generally address questions concerning the two truths, while those in Part II concern issues in epistemology and philosophy of mind. The volume will be of interest to Sellars scholars, to scholars interested in the contemporary interaction of Buddhist philosophy and Western philosophy and to scholars of Buddhist Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Jay L. Garfield

Part I: Two Images and Two Truths

1. The World in which Everything is the Self: The Philosophy of the Original Image and Pan-Selfism Naozumi Mitani

2. Two Tables, Images and Truths Monima Chadha

3. Is there an Ideal Scientific Image? Sellars and Dharmakīrti on Levels of Reality Catherine Prueitt

4. Sellars and the Stereoscopic Vision of Madhyamaka Douglas Duckworth

5. Deflating the Two Images and the Two Truths: Bons baisers du Tibet Tom Tillemans

6. "The Ambience of Principles": Sellarsian Community and Ethical Intent Sheridan Hough

Part II: The Myth of the Given and Buddhist Philosophy of Mind

7. Givenness and Primal Confusion Jay L. Garfield

8. Givenness as a Corrollary to Nonconceptual Awareness: Thinking about Thought In Buddhist Philosophy Dan Arnold

9. Dignāga and Sellars: Through the Lens of Privileged Access Keya Maitra

10. Who’s Afraid of Nonconceptuality? Rehabilitating Dignāga’s Distinction Between Perception and Thought Sonam Kachru

11. Knowing How to See the Good: Vipaśyanā in Kamalaśīla’s The Process of Mediation Karl Schmid

12. Mr. Jones and the Surpluses of Reality Thomas Doctor

About the Editor

Jay L. Garfield is Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Logic and Buddhist Studies and director of the Buddhist Studies and Logic programs at Smith College. He is also Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, Professor of Philosophy at Melbourne University and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies. His most recent books are The Concealed Influence of Custom: Hume’s Treatise from the Inside Out (2018); The Essential Jewel of Holy Practice (with Emily McRae, 2017); Minds Without Fear: Philosophy in the Indian Renaissance (with Nalini Bhushan, 2017); Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy (2015); and Dignaga’s Investigation of the Percept: A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet (with Duckworth et al., 2015).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in American Philosophy

This series is dedicated to monographs and essay collections that examine, from diverse theoretical perspectives, any aspects of America’s rich web of philosophical traditions, from the 17th Century onwards. Frequently associated with pragmatism, particularly in the United States, American philosophy also encompasses many other schools of thought, and has had a significant impact on the development of contemporary epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and political philosophy. By publishing outstanding treatments of its many diverse threads, this series aims to become the default resource for scholars and students interested in a full picture of American philosophy.

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PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Pragmatism