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Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction

Jan Westerhoff


This book contains a discussion of thought of the 2nd-century Indian Buddhist philosophy Nāgārjuna, the founder of the ‘Middle Way’ (Madhyamaka) school of Buddhist thought. The discussion is based on Nāgārjuna’s main philosophical works preserved either in the original Sanskrit or in Tibetan translation. It offers a synoptic presentation of the main philosophical topics Nāgārjuna investigates, focusing on the central notion of emptiness (sūnyatā). Particular emphasis is put on an analysis of the philosophical content of Nāgārjuna’s Madhyamaka. Apart from discussing the soundness of Nāgārjuna’s ... More

Keywords: Nāgārjuna, Madhyamaka, Madhyamakaa, Middle Way, Buddhist Philosophy, Indian, Philosophy, Emptiness, sūnyatā

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195375213
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Westerhoff, author
University of Durham, Germany
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