Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of Madhyamika System / T.R.V. Murti

In The Central Philosophy of Buddhism, Murti compares the metaphysical systems of Jainism, Advaita Vedantism, and the Theravada and Yogachara schools of Buddhism with the dialectical system of Madhyamika Buddhism. He also compares these to the metaphysical views of Hume, Kant, Hegel, and Bradley. The book is an outstanding presentation of Indian (particularly Buddhist) metaphysics and is quite accessible to western philosophers. Murti especially notes the similarities between Kant's Transcendental Dialectic and Nagarguna's philosophical techniques.

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