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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Program (PDF)

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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.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Buddhist philosophy and bioethics

• Buddhist philosophy, critique, and theory (contact: Joy Brennan, at

• Buddhist philosophy of emotion/affect (contact: John Dunne, at

• Buddhist philosophy of devotional practice (contact: Charles Jones, at

• Institutional contexts of Buddhist philosophy (contact: David Fiordalis, at

• Overlooked and neglected themes in the study of Buddhist philosophy (contact: Catherine Prueitt, at

• Truth (contact: Jay Garfield, at

• Vigor (contact: Jonathan Gold, at

If a contact person is not listed beside a topic above, persons interested in pursuing a session devoted to that topic should contact one or both of the BPG co-chairs. Persons wishing to organize a panel on a subject not listed above may also wish to contact one or both of the co-chairs.

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
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