The aim of this book is to address the relevance of Wilfrid Sellars’ philosophy to understanding topics in Buddhist philosophy. While contemporary scholars of Buddhism often take Sellars as a touchstone for philosophical analysis, and while many take Sellars’ corpus as their entrée into current philosophical discourse, fewer contemporary philosophers have crossed the bridge in the other direction, using Sellarsian ideas as a way of entering into Buddhist philosophy. The essays in this volume, written by both philosophers and Buddhist Studies scholars, are divided into two sections organized around two of Sellars’ essays that have been particularly influential in Buddhist Studies: "Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man" and "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind." The chapters in Part I generally address questions concerning the two truths, while those in Part II concern issues in epistemology and philosophy of mind. The volume will be of interest to Sellars scholars, to scholars interested in the contemporary interaction of Buddhist philosophy and Western philosophy and to scholars of Buddhist Studies.

part I|110 pages

Two Images and Two Truths

chapter 1|29 pages

The World in Which Everything Is the Self

The Philosophy of the Original Image and Pan-Self-Ism

chapter 2|16 pages

Two Tables, Images, and Truths

chapter 3|19 pages

Is There an Ideal Scientific Image?

Sellars and Dharmakīrti on Levels of Reality 1

chapter 5|17 pages

Deflating the Two Images and the Two Truths

Bons baisers du Tibet

chapter 6|14 pages

The Ambience of Principles

Sellarsian Community and Ethical Intent

part II|120 pages

The Myth of the Given and Buddhist Philosophy of Mind

chapter 7|17 pages

Givenness and Primal Confusion

chapter 8|27 pages

Givenness as a Corollary to Non-Conceptual Awareness

Thinking About Thought in Buddhist Philosophy

chapter 9|15 pages

Dignāga and Sellars

Through the Lens of Privileged Access

chapter 10|28 pages

Who’s Afraid of Non-Conceptuality?

Rehabilitating Digṅāga’s Distinction Between Perception and Thought

chapter 11|16 pages

Knowing How to See the Good

Vipaśyanā in Kamalaśīla’s The Process of Mediation