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Carpenter: Indian Buddhist Philosophy

Carpenter, Amber D.:
Indian Buddhist Philosophy / Amber D. Carpenter. - Durham : Acumen Publishing, 2014. - xviii, 313 S. - (Ancient philosophies)
ISBN 978-1-8446-5298-3
£ 16,99 (Paperback)
ISBN 978-1-8446-5297-6
£ 50,00 (Hardcover)
DDC: 181.043

Organised in broadly chronological terms, this book presents the philosophical arguments of the great Indian Buddhist philosophers of the fifth century BCE to the eighth century CE. Each chapter examines their core ethical, metaphysical and epistemological views as well as the distinctive area of Buddhist ethics that we call today moral psychology. Throughout, the book follows three key themes that both tie the tradition together and are the focus for most critical dialogue: the idea of anātman or no-self, the appearance/reality distinction and the moral aim, or ideal. Indian Buddhist philosophy is shown to be a remarkably rich tradition that deserves much wider engagement from European philosophy. Carpenter shows that while we should recognise the differences and distances between Indian and European philosophy, its driving questions and key conceptions, we must resist the temptation to find in Indian Buddhist philosophy, some Other, something foreign, self-contained and quite detached from anything familiar. Indian Buddhism is shown to be a way of looking at the world that shares many of the features of European philosophy and considers themes central to philosophy understood in the European tradition. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface. vii
Acknowledgements. xi
Abbreviations. xiii
Chronology. xvi
Development of Buddhist thought in India. xviii
1. The Buddha’s Suffering. 1
2. Practice and Theory of No-Self. 20
3. Kleśas and Compassion. 48
4. The Second Buddha’s Greater Vehicle. 72
5. Karmic Questions. 93
6. Irresponsible Selves, Responsible Non-Selves. 117
7. The Third Turning: Yogācāra. 137
8. The Long Sixth-Seventh Century: Epistemology as Ethics
   I. Perception and Conception: the Changing Face of Ultimate Reality. 171
   II. Evaluating Reasons: Naiyāyikas and Diṅnāga. 180
   III. Madhyamaka Response to Yogācāra. 189
   IV. Percepts and Concepts: Apoha 1 (Diṅnāga). 214
   V. Efficacy: Apoha 2 (Dharmakīrti). 219
   VI. The Path of the Bodhisattva. 224
Epilogue. 232
Background Information
Appendix 1: The Languages of Buddhism. 242
Appendix 2: Intellectual Context. 244
Appendix 3: The Abhidharma. 246
Appendix 4: Snapshot of Indian Philosophy. 248
Notes. 251
Bibliography. 289
Index. 305

AMBER CARPENTER is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York. Profile page.

Quellen: Routledge; WorldCat; Bookbutler
Bildquelle: Acumen Publishing
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  1. Carpenter, Amber D. (2014).  Indian Buddhist Philosophy. Ancient philosophies. xviii, 313 S.