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Omniscience and the Rhetoric of Reason

McClintock, Sara L.:
Omniscience and the rhetoric of reason : rationality, argumentation, and religious authority in Śāntarakṣita's Tattvasaṅgraha and Kamalaśīla's Pañjikā / Sara L. McClintock. - Boston : Wisdom Publications, 2010. - 440 S. - (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism)
Hochschulschrift. Teilw. zugl.: Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Univ., Diss., 2002
ISBN 0-86171-661-2 / 978-0-86171-661-6
US$ 36,95
DDC: 294.392; 181.04392
-- Angekündigt für Oktober 2010 --

The great Buddhist scholars Santaraksita (725-88 C.E.) and his disciple Kamalasila were among the most influential thinkers in classical India. They debated ideas not only within the Buddhist tradition but also with exegetes of other Indian religions, and they both traveled to Tibet during Buddhism's infancy there. Their views, however, have been notoriously hard to classify. The present volume examines Santaraksita's Tattvasamgraha and Kamalasila's extensive commentary on it, works that cover all conceivable problems in Buddhist thought and portray Buddhism as a supremely rational faith.
   One hotly debated topic of their time was omniscience-whether it is possible and whether a rational person may justifiably claim it as a quality of the Buddha. Santaraksita and Kamalasila affirm both claims, but in their argumentation they employ divergent rhetorical strategies in different passages, advancing what appear to be contradictory positions. McClintock's investigation of the complex strategies these authors use in defense of omniscience sheds light on the rhetorical nature of their enterprise, one that shadows their own personal views as they advance the arguments they deem most effective to convince the audiences at hand. [Verlagsinformation]


SARA L. MCCLINTOCK is a Senior Lecturer and Research Associate in Religion and Asian Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and her PhD in Religion from Harvard University. Her research focuses on the philosophical traditions of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, with a special interest in the rhetorical nature of Buddhist conceptions of reason. Profile page.

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