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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Buddhist Philosophy Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides a forum for the scholarly study of Buddhist philosophical thought in its various forms across all regions and traditions of the Buddhist world. We seek to develop tightly organized sessions that deal not only with intra-Buddhist philosophical issues — such as those involving major philosophical traditions and major thinkers and texts — but also with topics involving the relationship between Buddhist philosophy and other traditions of philosophical thought, both ancient and modern. The Unit likewise provides a venue to examine the relationship between Buddhist thought and Buddhist practice. We encourage work on the full range of Buddhist philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, soteriology, ethics, and philosophy of mind.

Call for Papers: 

This Unit entertains individual paper proposals, but mostly encourages thematically integrated sessions. These sessions might focus on specific philosophical topics, on methodological issues, or on (a) recent publication(s) in the field (books, papers, etc.) or a classical text of particular importance. Sessions representing a diversity of methods to address a regionally-defined topic are also encouraged. There is particular interest in developing a papers session or roundtable proposal that would be suitable for co-sponsorship with another Unit. If proposing a session, please provide suggestions for co-sponsorship.


The allocation of sessions for the Buddhist Philosophy Unit is either: A) One 2.5-hour and one 2-hour session; or B) One 2.5-hour and two 90-minute sessions. The choice of which option to use will be dictated by the number and types of panel proposals received. Either allocation allows an additional 90-minute session to be listed if co-sponsorship is secured.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

● Back to Basics: What is a Dharma?, Contact: Pierre-Julien Harter, pjharter@unm.edu

● Chinese Madhyamaka, Contact: Rafal K. Stepien, rafal.stepien@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de

● Ecology and Buddhist Philosophy, Contact: Karin Meyers, karin.l.meyers@gmail.com

● Is There Room for Zen Philosophy? Contact: Tao Jiang, tjiang@rutgers.edu

● Philosophical Dimensions of Buddha-Fields, Contact: Leah Kalmanson, kalmanson@gmail.com

● Praxis and Philosophy, Contact: Renée Ford, Renee.L.Ford@rice.edu

● Sūtras and Philosophy, Contact: Paul Hackett, ph2046@columbia.edu

● Two Lions Fighting: A Tibetan Debate on the Two Truths, Contact: John Powers, john.powers@deakin.edu.au

Persons wishing to organize a panel on a subject not listed above may also wish to contact one or both of the co-chairs.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee