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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Open Preview See a Problem? There is always the worry that theory-building will engender aspirations to the status of ultimate truth. Choose your country or region Close. This picture may well be right. Garfield does a great job putting the work into the terms of western philosophy while keeping it in its proper context in the Madyamika specifically Tibetan, nagarjhna translation is actually from a Tibetan translation of the originally Sanskrit text school.

What’s the ultimate truth about that oncoming bus? In the introduction to his commentary he states that the root delusion of substantialism from which Nagarjuna sees suffering as emanating is not “the product of sophisticated philosophical theory” but is held naively and pretheoretically, so that Nagarjuna’s arguments, aimed as they are principally against essentialist metaphysics, will not alone suffice for liberation from suffering, but will nonetheless be of some service 88, n.

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This is a truly eye-opening book, especially if you’re not familiar with Madhyamika philosophy. Jan 30, Sugoi10 rated it really liked it Shelves: His discussion of the argument against motion’s ultimate reality in MMK I, especially his final summary of the argumentdoes a masterful job of bringing out Nagarjuna’s reasoning. The sorts of sorites difficulties that Garfield relies on at a number of key points do succeed in conveying the flavor nagarhuna the Madhyamaka critique of realist metaphysics e.

Reading the Minds of Events: At times the sight can be shocking, such as when the text boldly proclaims that ‘not the slightest difference’ exists between nirvana and samsara. Thanks Jay, Thanks Nagarjuna. Point 2 then gets explained in n. Once the notion of an ultimately harfield characterization of reality has been dismissed as incoherent, if we are to say that things exist in some manner other than as ineffable noumena, we shall have to say that things exist in thoroughgoing interdependence with the conventions that constitute common sense.


I had the extreme good fortune to be Jay Gardield teaching assistant when he was writing nqgarjuna book and got to read and proofread! If fire can burn other things without burning itself, why cannot vision likewise nagarjunz said to see other things even though it cannot see itself? Bhavaviveka would insert an “ultimately” before the conclusion.

Philosophy in the Islamic World Peter Adamson. He takes the argument of II. We therefore suggest that any department that regularly offers courses only on Western philosophy should rename itself ‘Department of European and American Philosophy.

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Nagarjuna has come to be interpreted in a wide variety of ways by Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Western readers. My favorite footnote cites the Dalai Lama based on conversation!

This claim is based in part on the allegedly different treatment of the two terms “cause” and “condition” in this chapter. Jun 17, Bruce rated it it was amazing.

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

Similarly, I would follow Candrakirti in taking I. Supposing that these arguments are sound, what conclusion does Nagarjuna wish us to draw from our supposed inability to theorize reality?

The New York Times. Feb 25, Katy D rated it really liked it. Read it cos I had to Refresh and try again. Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak.

A fairly subtle and technical book. Nagariuna chief weakness, in my view, lies in its failure to make as persuasive a case as might be made, for grfield student of Western philosophy, for the doctrine of emptiness. The table, he says, is not ultimately but only conventionally real because 1 its existence as an artifact is dependent on certain contingent human practices; 2 its existence is dependent nabarjuna its parts; and 3 its existence is dependent on the causes including the material cause responsible for its origination.


If you do not understand the in-jokes in this review, don’t bother Of course ggarfield immediately adds that this philosophical perspective is natural and seductive. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I like this; it’s just my style, and at least for me far simpler to dive into than late Wittgenstein or post-structuralists though finishing this had me diving back into the Blue and Brown Books to decide whether I liked them any better from this point of view, and the answer is yes-somewhat.

Garfield does an admirable job of explaining and motivating this interpretive framework.

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If things did not exist without essence, The phrase “When this exists so this will be,” would not be acceptable. Supremacy of Western Philosophy “Hard to Justify ” “. This book is hella good. My interest in buddhism waxes and wanes but I’ll always have this book nearby.

I can’t rank the translation as I am not a translator myself, nor able to read Sanskrit or Rating translations of traditional texts is difficult. Some of the elements of such an explanation are to be found here, as when he says “Since the recognition of compounds as unitary phenomena demands conventions of aggregation, to be compounded is, ipso facto, to have a merely conventional existence” Particularly in his explication of MMK XXIV, he gives an astute and sensitive account of the relations among the Madhyamaka categories of conventional truth, ultimate truth, dependent arising, and emptiness that his framework requires.

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