on 11 June 2013
Although this study is not meant to be an introductory course, and the reader is advised to first get acquainted with the basic teachings of Buddhism, it can be a first reading for those who already have a grounding in philosophy. The author states on page 7: "I write as a Western academic who has familiarity with both Eastern and Western religious and philosophical traditions. My position is that cross-cultural understanding is possible, and that attempts at such understanding are not simply a belligerent imposition of one's own cultural norms and standards of rationality"
It is written in a systematic manner, weighing the pros and cons of the different philosophical schools in Buddhism. Even though it is just 172 pages long, it makes for a comprehensive study as each page is chock-full with clear discussions. There is a useful index.
This reviewer first read it using a library copy but then decided to buy her own. At the time of this writing there were only a few used copies being offered on the market. It is hoped there will be a future edition (or that it becomes available as print-on-demand) for this book makes a useful contribution to the studies of those interested in understanding the philosophical foundations of the Buddhist soteriological proposal.