1st Edition

Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy Freedom from Foundations

Edited By Jay L. Garfield Copyright 2019
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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 Dignāga’s Investigation of the Percept: A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet (with Duckworth et al., 2015).