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Mind Only: A Philosphical and Doctrine Analysis of the Vijnanavada

Thomas E. Wood (Author)

The Vijnanavadins have long been characterized as believing in an Absolute. Thomas Wood investigates the extent to which this characterization is true. Though a detailed analysis of some of their fundamental texts, Dr. Wood demonstrates that the Vijnanavadins were in fact ambivalent - and in some cases even inconsistent - in their philosophical views on this point.

This monograph is directed primarily to scholars of Indian philosophy and religion interested in the schools of Mahayana Buddhism and in its doctrinal relation to Vedanta; but with its treatment of philosophical topics of universal interest - idealism, solipsism, the nature of the inference to other minds - it is of interest to Western and comparative scholars as well.

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About the author

Thomas E. Wood

Thomas E. Wood received his B.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught Eastern and Western philosophy at the California State University at Fresno and the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is presently an Adjunct Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he teaches comparative philosophy and religion. He is the author of two other books in Indian philosophy, The Mandukya Upanisad and the A agama Sastra: An Investigation into the Meaning of the Vedanta (1990) and Mind Only: A Philosophical and Doctrinal Analysis of the Vijnanavada (1991).

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Title Mind Only: A Philosphical and Doctrine Analysis of the Vijnanavada
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2009
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 8120812395, 9788120812390
length 304p., Illustrations; 23cm.