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Indian Buddhist Philosophy (Ancient Philosophies) [Paperback]

Amber Carpenter
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31 Dec 2013 Ancient Philosophies
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 anatman 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.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Acumen Publishing Ltd (31 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184465298X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844652983
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is an important contribution to the serious, detailed philosophical discussion of Buddhist ideas, an approach to the study of Buddhism that is still relatively young and undeveloped. The arguments for and against various Buddhist views are presented in an accessible and clear way, but without shying away from the inevitable conundrums and complexities. The study is well supported by a wide range of primary sources and references to recent scholarly discussions.' --David Burton, Canterbury Christ Church University

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Amber Carpenter is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Buddhists and philosophers. 27 Mar 2014
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This is an excellent book. It does precisely what the author says it will: it does not attempt a comprehensive survey of the twenty-odd centuries of Buddhist thinking, but maps out enough to allow the reader to orient themselves in the terrain. It is clearly written. It is not clogged with Sanskrit or Pali terms of art. It does not require the reader to wade through the endless lists natural in an oral tradition and its scholastic exegesis. It takes Buddhist philosophers seriously, as they deserve, engages with their arguments, and where relevant compares their work to the Western canon. Buddhists will benefit by studying this book, but not only Buddhists. As the author says, "If ancient philosophy remains alive, this is because it is about life."
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