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Journal of Buddhist Philosophy, Volume #2, Issue #1
Journal of Buddhist Philosophy, Volume #2, Issue #1 (12/2016)
Gereon Kopf - Editor in Chief
Douglas Samuel Duckworth - Co-Editor
Marcus Bingenheimer - Consulting Editor
Pascale Hugon - Book Review editor
Tao Jiang - Book Review editor
Thomas Berendt - Assistant editor
Francesca Soans - Assistant editor

Ahmad al-Ghazali, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love
Ahmad al-Ghazali, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love (November 2016)
Joseph E. B. Lumbard - Author

Discusses the work of a central, but poorly understood, figure in the development of Persian Sufism, Aḥmad al-Ghazālī.

The teachings of Aḥmad al-Ghazālī changed the course of Persian Sufism forever, paving the way for luminaries such as Rūmī, Aṭṭār, and Ḥāfiẓ. Yet he remains a poorly understood thinker, with many treatises incorrectly attr...(Read More)
German Idealism's Trinitarian Legacy
German Idealism's Trinitarian Legacy (November 2016)
Dale M. Schlitt - Author

A study of the roots and legacy of German Idealist philosophy for trinitarian theology.
Dale M. Schlitt presents a study of trinitarian thought as it was understood and debated by the German Idealists broadly—engaging Schelling’s philosophical interpretations of Trinity as well as Hegel’s—and analyzing how these Idealist interpretations influenced later philosophers and theologians. Divided into different...(Read More)
Beyond Memory
Beyond Memory (September 2016)
Italian Protestants in Italy and America
Dennis Barone - Author

Uncovers an overlooked aspect of the Italian American experience.

In Beyond Memory, Dennis Barone uncovers the richness and diversity of the Italian Protestant experience and places it in the context of migration and political and social life in both Italy and the United States. Italian Protestants have received scant attention in the fields of Italian American studies, religious studies, and immigration studies, and t...(Read More)
Self-Realization through Confucian Learning
Self-Realization through Confucian Learning (September 2016)
A Contemporary Reconstruction of Xunzi's Ethics
Siufu Tang - Author

Confucian philosopher Xunzi’s moral thought is considered in light of the modern focus on self-realization.

Self-Realization through Confucian Learning reconstructs Confucian thinker Xunzi’s moral philosophy in response to the modern focus on self-realization. Xunzi (born around 310 BCE) claims that human xing (“nature” or “native conditions”) is without an ethical framework a...(Read More)
Diversity of Sacrifice
Diversity of Sacrifice (June 2016)
Form and Function of Sacrificial Practices in the Ancient World and Beyond
Carrie Ann Murray - Editor

Explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from prehistory to the present.

The term "sacrifice" belies what is a complex and varied transhistorical and transcultural phenomenon. Bringing together scholars from such diverse fields as anthropology, archaeology, epigraphy, literature, and theology, Diversity of Sacrifice explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from p...(Read More)
Out of Control
Out of Control (June 2016)
Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas
Richard A. Cohen - Author

Explores the fundamental confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas in ethics, politics, science, and religion.
After the end of superstitious religion, what is the meaning of the world? Baruch Spinoza’s answer is truth, Emmanuel Levinas’s is goodness: science versus ethics. In Out of Control, Richard A. Cohen brings this debate to life, providing a nuanced exposition of Spinoza and Levinas and the confrontat...(Read More)
Thailand's Theory of Monarchy
Thailand's Theory of Monarchy (June 2016)
The Vessantara Jataka and the Idea of the Perfect Man
Patrick Jory - Author

2016 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Discusses the origins and cultural history of the Theravada Buddhist ideals behind the Thai institution of monarchy.

Since the 2006 coup d’état, Thailand has been riven by two opposing political visions: one which aspires to a modern democracy and the rule of law, and another which holds to t...(Read More)
Between Faith and Belief
Between Faith and Belief (May 2016)
Toward a Contemporary Phenomenology of Religious Life
Joeri Schrijvers - Author

A contemporary philosophy of religion that offers a phenomenology of love.

What is to be done at the end of metaphysics? Joeri Schrijvers’s contemporary philosophy of religion takes up this question, originally posed by Reiner Schürmann and central to continental philosophy. The book navigates the work of thinkers who have addressed such metaphysical concerns, including Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Luc Nan...(Read More)
Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato
Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato (May 2016)
A Modern Interpretation and Philosophical Defense of Platonism
Michael LaFargue - Author

Describes a Platonic personal spirituality based on reason that is readily accessible to people today.

Michael LaFargue presents an important and accessible aspect of Plato’s legacy largely overlooked today: a variety of personal spirituality based on reason and centered on virtue. Plato’s Virtue-Forms are transcendent in their goodness, ideals that Platonists can use to improve character ...(Read More)
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