Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation: A Philosophical Study (review)

Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation: A Philosophical Study (review) BOOK REVIEWS Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation: A Philosophical Study. By David Burton. Ashgate World Philosophies Series. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2004. Pp. vii þ 188. $29.95. Reviewed by Ethan Mills University of New Mexico The Ashgate World Philosophies Series seeks to provide both introductory and indepth materials for the study of non-Western philosophical traditions, and Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation: A Philosophical Study by David Burton manages to provide a bit of both. Burton has written an accessible treatment of Buddhist accounts of the relation between knowledge, Buddhist practice, and liberation that is largely introductory but often delves into more scholarly detail. As such, it is a useful text for readers new to Buddhist philosophy as well as for epistemologically minded scholars of Buddhism, and could also be recommended for use in Buddhist philosophy courses. The first chapter engages thoughtfully with hermeneutic concerns familiar to cross-cultural philosophers. Burton asks whether Western-Buddhist comparative studies can be anything other than Western colonial impositions on an Asian tradition. He answers, with a quick nod to Gadamer, that while no interpreter stands outside any culture or time, it is possible to foster fruitful, respectful discussions within a critical context: ``Indeed, I consider my http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation: A Philosophical Study (review)

Philosophy East and West, Volume 57 (4) – Oct 24, 2007

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BOOK REVIEWS Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation: A Philosophical Study. By David Burton. Ashgate World Philosophies Series. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2004. Pp. vii þ 188. $29.95. Reviewed by Ethan Mills University of New Mexico The Ashgate World Philosophies Series seeks to provide both introductory and indepth materials for the study of non-Western philosophical traditions, and Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation: A Philosophical Study by David Burton manages to provide a bit of both. Burton has written an accessible treatment of Buddhist accounts of the relation between knowledge, Buddhist practice, and liberation that is largely introductory but often delves into more scholarly detail. As such, it is a useful text for readers new to Buddhist philosophy as well as for epistemologically minded scholars of Buddhism, and could also be recommended for use in Buddhist philosophy courses. The first chapter engages thoughtfully with hermeneutic concerns familiar to cross-cultural philosophers. Burton asks whether Western-Buddhist comparative studies can be anything other than Western colonial impositions on an Asian tradition. He answers, with a quick nod to Gadamer, that while no interpreter stands outside any culture or time, it is possible to foster fruitful, respectful discussions within a critical context: ``Indeed, I consider my

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