Buddhist philosophy, Indian

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-F001-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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References and further reading

  • Conze, E. (1967) Buddhist Thought in India, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

    (A good survey of the issues and the schools of Indian Buddhism.)

  • Frauwallner, E. (1956) Die Philosophie des Buddhismus, ed. W. Ruben, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 3rd revised edn, 1969.

    (A collection of important Indian Buddhist philosophical texts translated into German.)

  • Griffiths, P.J. (1994) On Being Buddha, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

    (The first two chapters present a cogent general account of the place of doctrine and philosophy within Indian Buddhism.)

  • Kalupahana, D.J. (1976) Buddhist Philosophy: A Historical Analysis, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.

    (Informative, though biased to a view of Buddhism as ‘empirical’ and ‘anti-metaphysical’.)

  • Mookerjee, S. (1980) The Buddhist Philosophy of Universal Flux, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.

    (Excellent account of the doctrines held and arguments advanced in the later scholastic period.)

  • Nāgārjuna (c. 150–200) Vigrahavyāvartanī (Averting Disputes), trans. K. Bhattacharya, ‘The Dialectical Method of Nāgārjuna’, Journal of Indian Philosophy 1: 217–261, 1971.

    (A superb study, including a translation from the original Sanskrit with introduction and notes; see §4.)

  • Tissa Moggalīputta (c. 246) Kathāvatthu (Points of Controversy), trans. Shwe Zan Aung and C.A.F. Rhys Davids, London: The Pali Text Society, 1979.

    (The standard English translation of the earliest collection of points disputed by Buddhists during the first two centuries after the Buddha’s career, part of the abhidhamma section of the Pāli canon; see §3.)

  • Warder, A.K. (1970) Indian Buddhism, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.

    (This thorough study of the history of Buddhism in India contains several chapters on the history and principal schools of its philosophy.)

  • Williams, P. (1989) Mahāyāna Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations, London: Routledge.

    (The first six chapters of this excellent and readable study deal mostly with Buddhist philosophy in India. Also contains discussions of Tibetan and Chinese developments.)

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