[Buddha-l] American Philosophical Society

Erik Hoogcarspel jehms at xs4all.nl
Sun Feb 24 02:46:55 MST 2013

This is a clean example of an argumentum ad ignorantium. Didn't it occur to you that your problems have smothing to do with your own inadequacies?
Perhaps Buddhism is more like phenomenology than you can imagine!


Richard Hayes <rhayes at unm.edu> schreef:

>The annual meeting of the APA central division has come to an end. To
>my surprise, there was a panel on Buddhism during almost every meeting
>section, making it possible to hear papers on Buddhism all day on some
>days. There were panels on Buddhist ethics, Buddhist philosophy of
>mind, and Buddhist theories of memory and self, and the William James
>Society's main panel this year was on James and Buddhism.
>Is it a good sign that Buddhism has become almost mainstream now for
>American academic philosophers? I'm not sure. I heard several papers on
>Buddhists whom I thought I knew pretty well: Nāgārjuna, Vasubandhu,
>Dignāga, Dharmakīrti, Śāntarakṣita, Śāntideva et al., but I hardly
>recognized anything I had people saying about them. All these familiar
>friends were smothered in jargon borrowed from Husserl, Brentano,
>Whitehead, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur, Heidegger and Wittgenstein.
>I sat next to a young Japanese professor at one session, and at one
>point he leaned over and whispered, "As soon as continental
>philosophers are brought into discussions of Buddhism, intelligibility
>flies out the window." I agree with him. I would add that as soon as
>people start talking about Indian Buddhists as phenomenologists and
>existentialists, we are deep into the age of mappō.
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