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.
How Do Mādhyamikas Think?
A respected professor of Buddhist philosophy brings readers on a fascinating journey through Buddhism’s most animating ideas.
“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