How Do Madhyamikas Think?

And Other Essays on the Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle

About The Book

A respected professor of Buddhist philosophy brings readers on a fascinating journey through Buddhism’s most animating ideas. 

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. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (April 12, 2016)
  • Length: 296 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781614292661

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Raves and Reviews

“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

“Tom Tillemans has for decades been a driving force in Buddhist Studies. This collection comprises much of his best work, illuminating with uncommon clarity a range of questions in Buddhist epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language and logic. The insights Tillemans provides are often highly original, and are very profound. The methodology on display should be a model for philosophical engagement with the Buddhist tradition.”

– Jay Garfield, Smith College

“This is a great addition to the growing field of philosophical studies of the Madhyamaka tradition done by a scholar who combines to the highest degree philological rigor and deep philosophical acumen. This is a great resource, an absolutely must read for anybody who takes Buddhist philosophy to be something more than a historical curiosity.”

– Georges B. J. Dreyfus, Williams College

“Tillemans nobly essays to come to philosophical terms with Madhyamaka: to take it seriously, to be faithful to its texts and generous in interpreting them, and to provide it a compelling contemporary portrayal. His work is translation of the highest caliber. This volume will stand as an enduring and influential landmarks in Buddhist Philosophy.”

– Kevin Vose, College of William and Mary

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