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The principles of Buddhist psychology / David J. Kalupahana.

By: Kalupahana, David J, 1933-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: SUNY series in Buddhist studies: Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, 1987Description: xiv, 236 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0887064043; 9780887064043; 0887064035 (pbk.); 9780887064036 (pbk.).Subject(s): Buddhism -- PsychologyDDC classification: 150/.882943 Other classification: BE 8520 | CM 1000
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Bibliography: p. 215-223.

Includes indexes.

Reviews provided by Syndetics


This is an arresting book for an American philosopher. Kalupahana aims to rescue an understanding of Buddhism from both Indian and Western interpretations by means of a systematic comparison of Buddha's insights with those of C.S. Peirce and W. James. The first part of the book contains this comparative study; the second part revises the readings of a number of classic Buddhist figures. Two translations of texts on self and world by Maitreya and Vasubandhu, with commentaries, are appended. Kalupahana shows Buddha's language to be closer to James's notion of a ``stream of consciousness'' and to Peirce's concept of ``interest'' as constitutive of world. Kalupahana argues that the Western understanding of the Buddhist denial of ``self''-in terms of either Hume's phenomenalism or Kant's transcendentalism-is erroneous. Kalupahana was no doubt drawn to the comparison of Buddha's insights with those of James on account of James's attack on empiricist psychology. The author's style is spare but somewhat stilted; the general reader will have difficulty also with the scholarly necessity to include key Sanskrit and Pali terms parenthetically in the text. The work appears useful only for graduate libraries since it assumes ready understanding of Buddhist theory and of modern Western philosophy. The book is, unfortunately, cheaply produced; a cramped type and numerous typographical errors also subtract from this valuable intellectual achievement.-J. Bailiff, University of Wisconsin Center System

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<p>David J. Kalupahana is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii, and author of Nagarjuna: The Philosophy of the Middle Way, also published by SUNY Press</p>

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