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Jay L. Garfield, Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2015, 400pp., $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-020434-1 (paperback)

Jay L. Garfield, Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2015, 400pp., $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-020434-1 (paperback)

Rick Repetti

Department of History, Philosophy & Political Science, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd., D-223, Brooklyn, NY 11235, 718-368-5226; Email: rrepetti@kingsborough.edu

ABSTRACT

Engaging Buddhism is the most impressive, insightful, informative, and accessible book I’ve ever read on Buddhist philosophy, a subject I’ve studied for over 40 years, and in this assessment I include both primary and secondary sources, both Western and Buddhist. It is also one of the best philosophy books I’ve ever read—my few (minor) objections notwithstanding. Engaging Buddhism is directed primarily at a Western philosophical readership, but is of perhaps equal value to Buddhist philosophers insofar as it articulates many of Buddhism’s core philosophical values, to and for Western philosophy, and in a distinctly recognizable Western philosophical voice, but one that does no damage to the often radically different frameworks, methods, and modes of discourse that are distinctively Buddhist, much of which it presents in its own modality.

 

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Science, Religion and Culture

June

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