By Jay L. Garfield
It is a ebook for students of Western philosophy who desire to have interaction with Buddhist philosophy, or who easily are looking to expand their philosophical horizons. it's also a booklet for students of Buddhist reports who are looking to see how Buddhist conception articulates with modern philosophy.
Engaging Buddhism: Why it issues to Philosophy articulates the fundamental metaphysical framework universal to Buddhist traditions. It then explores questions in metaphysics, the philosophy of brain, phenomenology, epistemology, the philosophy of language and ethics as they're raised and addressed in various Asian Buddhist traditions. In each one case the point of interest is on philosophical difficulties; in every one case the connections among Buddhist and modern Western debates are addressed, as are the specific contributions that the Buddhist culture could make to Western discussions.
Engaging Buddhism isn't really an advent to Buddhist philosophy, yet an engagement with it, and an issue for the significance of that engagement. It doesn't faux to comprehensiveness, however it does handle a variety of Buddhist traditions, emphasizing the heterogeneity and the richness of these traditions. The ebook concludes with methodological reflections on the way to prosecute discussion among Buddhist and Western traditions.
"Garfield has a distinct expertise for rendering abstruse philosophical ideas in ways in which cause them to effortless to know. this can be a huge booklet, one who can profitably be learn by way of students of Western and non-Western philosophy, together with experts in Buddhist philosophy. this is often in my estimation crucial paintings on Buddhist philosophy in fresh reminiscence. It covers quite a lot of subject matters and gives possibly the clearest research of a few center Buddhist rules to this point. this is often landmark paintings. i believe it's the easiest cross-cultural research of the relevance of Buddhist idea for modern philosophy within the current literature."- C. John Powers, Professor, university of tradition, historical past & Language, Australian nationwide collage