How Do Mādhyamikas Think?

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“Among this marvelous, wide-ranging collection of essays on the thinking of Madhyamika philosophers will be found insights that will both deepen the understanding of scholars and address the spiritual and ethical concerns of Buddhist practitioners.”

—Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism


And Other Essays on the Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle

Tom J.F. Tillemans

Tom Tillemans, who has studied Buddhist philosophy since the 1970s, excels in bringing analytic and continental philosophy into conversation with thinkers in the Sanskrit and Tibetan traditions. This volume collects his writings on the most rarefied of Buddhist philosophical traditions, the Madhyamaka, and its radical insights into the nature of reality. Tillemans’ approach ranges from retelling the history of ideas, to considering implications of those ideas for practice, to formal appraisal of their proofs. The 12 essays (four of which are being published for the first time) are products of rich and sophisticated debates and dialogues with colleagues in the field. 

Learn more about the Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism series.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 296 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $38.95
  • ISBN 9781614292517
  • ebook
  • 296 pages
  • $19.99
  • ISBN 9781614292661
about the author
How Do Mādhyamikas Think?

Tom J.F. Tillemans is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Languages and Civilizations at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. With a focus on Buddhist logic and epistemology, Madhyamaka philosophy, and comparative philosophy, he was from 1998–2006 co-editor of the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. Born in 1950 in the Netherlands and raised in Canada, he now serves as a senior project editor for the 84000 project tasked with translating the scriptures of the Tibetan Buddhist canon. He divides his time between Switzerland and British Columbia, Canada.

Other books by Tom J.F. Tillemans:
Scripture, Logic, Language

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