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Buddhist Philosophy Unit

Call for Proposals

Members are encouraged to submit papers on any topic that fits under the purview of the unit. Due to the number of high quality proposals we receive, it is generally best to gather several presenters and submit a proposal for a panel on a topic. Panels can be organized in a variety of formats --with shorter or longer presentations, one or several or no respondents. Please feel free to reach out to the co-chairs (Karin Meyers, karin.L.meyers@gmail.com and Connie Kassor, constance.e.kassor@lawrence.edu) with any questions about organizing a paper or submitting a panel. So far, this year the following panel topics have been suggested. If you are interested in one of these topics please contact the point person listed:

"Norms of Attention in South Asian Buddhism" - Blaine Patrick Werner (bw2yb@virginia.edu)
“Collective Karma” - Joy Brennan (brennanj@kenyon.edu)
“Buddhism and Politics” - PJ Harter (pjharter@unm.edu)
“Modern, Nonwestern Developments in Buddhist Philosophy” - Jessica Zu (xzu@usc.edu)
“Logical Thinking in Pali Buddhism” - Anthony Scott (anthony.scott@utoronto.ca)
“Buddhist Perspectives on the Climate and Ecological crisis” - Karin Meyers (karin.l.meyers@gmail.com)
“Candrakīrti on conventional truth” (garfiel@smith.edu)

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 but not limited to metaphysics, epistemology, soteriology, ethics, social philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of language, process philosophy, philosophy of mind, and cross-cultural philosophy, etc.

The Buddhist Philosophy Unit is committed to promoting greater diversity and inclusion within the Unit and in the field at large.

Chairs

Steering Committee Members

Method

PAPERS

Review Process

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

Review Process Comments

The review process works well, but perhaps more effort can spent in follow-up after proposals are accepted (see comment below in Best Practices).