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own preferred way to read Nagarjuna, and the reading dominant in Tibetan and highly influential example, what is Nagiirjuna and what is Garfield. After all, al-. Jay L. Garfield (Translator). · Rating details · 1, ratings · 33 reviews. The Buddhist saint Nagarjuna, who lived in South India in approximately the second. The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way. Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamakakarika. Translation and Commentary by Jay L. Garfield. Groundbreaking translation.

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Now in the case of this verse, Garfield is overlooking the possibility that the argument is directed against a satkaryavadinsomeone who holds that prior to its production, the effect exists in unmanifest form in its material cause.

Jay Lazar Garfield born 13 November is a professor and researcher angarjuna specializes on Tibetan Buddhism.

And in commenting on that passage, Garfield merely tells us that Nagarjuna holds three views concerning essences: For a good study of the nihilist interpretation which was more common among Nagarjuna’s Indian opponents, see Thomas Wood’s Nagarjunian Disputations.

Paperbackpages. Is a broken bus still a bus? His method is a comprehensive analysis of the emptiness of phenomena emptiness being a technical Buddhism term for lack of essence.

One final point concerning the framework will bring us to the arguments themselves. Garfield later explained, “I woke up to all this email in my inbox [with] people asking, ‘Are you okay? Thus it seems somewhat gratuitous to introduce the notion that there is some distinctive way presumably some ultimately true way? Which, yes, brings you to Derrida territory as much as Wittgenstein territory, but coming from a 2nd Century Indian Buddhist context, it pulls different rhetorical moves.


Phenomena are in fact dependent nagarmuna the transient aggregation of their spatial and temporal parts, and cannot be described without invoking the process by which they are registered by a conscious entity. Nagarjuna is a baller, and this book shows the real philosophical depth of the thought of this South Indian represent!

By “power to act” Garfield understands Nagarjuna to mean a causal connection, in the form of a power or force, that ties together cause and distinct effect. Retrieved 15 December The suggestion is that one must first come to see that rivers are not ultimately rivers before one can fully appreciate the fact that rivers are just rivers.

Actually maybe he didn’t This is an unwelcome consequence because in 4ab, Nagarjuna has argued that there is no coherent account of how conditions might give rise to such a causal power. There is always the worry that theory-building will engender aspirations to the status of ultimate truth. If we did have a universe where there were Right Answers nagrjuna all these things–where there is a secret pre-Babel language where words correspond directly to things-in-themselves, you would have a cosmos garfirld on inherent being.

The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā by Nāgārjuna

According to absolutists, the lesson to be learned is that the ultimate nature of reality utterly transcends rationality and all dichotomizing discourse. But it is the audience of Western philosophers that Garfield says vii, 95 he had in mind in preparing his translation and commentary, so my comments shall principally address the adequacy of the work in this respect.

I myself favor the skeptical interpretation that Garfield favors in this translation and which is also one of the main interpretations in the Tibetan tradition. May 02, Kris rated it liked it.


When in the factory did its bus-ness emerge? I’m by no means a Buddhist, but I’m having a lot of fun with my little comparative religion independent study here, and I am definitely in awe of the rhetorical awesomeness and colossal mind deployed by Nagarjuna. May 13, Adam rated it really liked it.

He taught from at Hampshire Collegefrom nagarjuma the University of Tasmaniaand since at Smith College. Yet later he says, “The standpoint of emptiness is hence not at odds with the conventional standpoint, only with a particular philosophical understanding of it” It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

We therefore suggest that any department that regularly offers courses garfirld on Western philosophy should rename itself ‘Department of European and American Philosophy. Instead they appear to have relied on a principled argument against all mereological sums.

Jay L. Garfield

There’s the text itself, the translation and the commentary. He certainly has a Buddhist soteriological project at the heart of this, attempting to rescue said project of enlightenment from what he clearly saw as an gzrfield scholasticism And this particular proposed solution to that problem had MASSIVE echoes down through all his Mahayana successors. Reading the Minds of Events: The following is an essay in which I gaffield the relevance of Nagarjuna to the poetry of contemporary poet Leslie Scalapino.

Two conservative editorials criticized the piece for failing to acknowledge the superiority of Western philosophy.