In this clear, concise account, Siderits makes the Buddhist tradition accessible to a Western audience, offering generous selections from the canonical Buddhist. Siderits shows the grace of a wonderful teacher and hits exactly the right tone for his intended audiences. [He] moves easily between the Buddhist schools of. Buddhism as Philosophy has ratings and 21 reviews. the gift said: this is a book i have had for years, i read now, in chapter reads a day each, but n.

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In this clear, concise account, Siderits makes the Buddhist tradition accessible to a Western audience, offering generous selections from the canonical Buddhist texts and providing an engaging, analytical introduction to the basic tenets of Buddhist thought.

In my own attempts to teach Asian philosophy to American undergraduates, I have often felt the lack of a book like this one. To my knowledge, no other text leads students to question critically the assertions of Buddhist philosophers and to evaluate the arguments for them.

Moreover, existing books often include only a few short selections from original Buddhist texts. This volume provides students with the opportunity to wrestle with the richness and complexity of the primary sources. Mark Siderits [is] sideritss of the most important scholars of Buddhism in the world. No living author has done more to make Buddhist ideas intelligible and relevant to contemporary debates in analytic philosophy.

Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction

There has long been a great need for a book like this one. Siderits shows the grace of a wonderful teacher and hits exactly ubddhism right tone for his intended audiences. The coverage of schools and problems is, moreover, exactly right. I can think of no other field of such great interest that lacks such an obviously needed resource.

Siderits’ book fills that gap.

The quality of the writing, its elegance and clarity, is very high. Technical vocabulary is used as needed but always carefully explained.

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Why It Matters to Philosophy. The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Review In my own attempts to teach Asian philosophy to American undergraduates, I have often felt the lack of a book like this one.

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Showing of 20 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. As one who has been meditating for more than buddhis years, I’ve picked up bits and pieces of Buddhist doctrines, symbols, rituals, and beliefs. Some concepts, though, have eluded me. Namely, “anatta” the absence of selfhoodkarma, and reincarnation have been particularly stubborn concepts for me to get my Western mind around.

Mark Siderits’ book has done a terrific job of unwrapping of Buddhist thought in a way that has helped me — finally — come to grips with some of the sidetits seemingly paradoxical assumptions that form the bedrock of Buddhist practice. Best of all, this is no dry or academic exercise in formal philosophy.

While it’s solidly grounded in phjlosophy best philosophical methodology, it’s a very readable and compelling book, one that anybody with an interest in Buddhism will gain much from. I have been teaching Buddhism as philosophy for twenty years, during which time I searched diligently for a volume like this, so I am very happy that it is finally showed up.

Siderits has done a great service to all philosophers interested in Buddhism, and in particular all philosophers interested in teaching an undergraduate courses or for that matter a graduate course on Buddhism as philosophy. Siderits leads the reader through the thicket of often ancient Buddhism arguments.

The effort involved in his study of these matters must have been considerable. I am grateful for what he has accomplished in this volume.

This text would be excellently paired with Jay Garfield’s remarkable translation and interpretation of Nagarjuna’s The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way. Not easy reading, but very suitable for Westerners and those not familiarized with Buddhism. I guess you need to be familiar with philosophy texts though.


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I am a student of Buddhism for some time now but never understood the reasoning behind some of the core tenets. This book clarifies the concepts in a very clear way. You will come to appreciate the Buddha’s genius by reading this book carefully. The author has done a phenomenal job in explaining. I am now looking forward to reading the author’s other books. This is a top-notch, accessible and reliable guide to the philosophy of Buddhism. Passed my Philosophy class with an A.

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Discussed a lot of questions I have for Buddhism from a philosophical point of view. The author presents Buddhism as a test of philosophic ideals and definitions.

Highly instructive, excellent depth, and the book stays on message from cover to cover. See all 20 reviews.

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