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Nagarjuna and the Philosophy of Openness - Nancy McCagney

Nagarjuna and the Philosophy of Openness

Paperback Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780847686278
Number Of Pages: 256

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In this innovative study of the philosopher Nagarjuna, Nancy McCagney demonstrates that the concept of space ('akasa') in early Indian Mahayana Buddhism is the root metaphor for Nagarjuna's understanding of 'sunyata', or openness. Nagarjuna's use of the term 'sunyata' was new, and contrasted with the word's use in Pali Buddhist literature. By using the word to mean 'openness, ' Nagarjuna was able to elucidate, through a deeper analysis of impermanence, a consistent philosophical foundation for the truth and efficacy of Gautama's Middle Way. McCagney's book will be important for those studying Indian philosophy, Buddhism, and the philosophy of religion

McCagney's work offers a detailed exposition and challenging interpretation of Nagarjuna's ideas.--International Journal of Hindu Studies

Early Buddhist Backgroundp. 1
The Mahayana Backgroundp. 19
The Philosophy of Nagarjunap. 53
Mulamadhyamakakarikap. 135
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780847686278
ISBN-10: 0847686272
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.31  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.39