38th Annual Hausser Lecture, Jay L. Garfield and Graham Priest
- Monday, October 12, 2015 at 5:00pm
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Jay L. Garfield, the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities and Head of Studies in Philosophy at Yale-NUS College, and Graham Priest, the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, will present "Four Corners: Logic and Paradox in Madhyamaka Buddhism" for the 38th Annual Hausser Lecture.
A distinctive feature of Buddhist logic is the use of the catuṣkoti, or four-cornered approach to partitioning logical space. Buddhist logicians urge that we not only think of the possibility that a statement might be true or false, but also that it might be both true and false or neither true nor false. The lecture will trace this approach from early Buddhist thought through Madhyamaka, including the origins, motivations, and developments of this view, and the ways in which it engages with informative paradoxes.
Doors open at 4:30 PM. The lecture will be followed by a reception.
This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained on a first come, first serve basis from the Department of History and Philosophy, 2.155 Wilson Hall. For more information about tickets, please contact the department at email@example.com or 994-4395.
Garfield earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He has held teaching positions at the University of Massachusetts and Melbourne University in Australia. He specializes in the philosophy of mind, foundations of cognitive science, logic, philosophy of language, Buddhist philosophy, cross-cultural hermeneutics, theoretical and applied ethics, and epistemology. Garfield has written more than 100 scholarly articles and reviews and has written or edited, alone and with colleagues, more than 15 books, including Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (2002); Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation (2006); Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings (2009); Pointing at the Moon: Buddhism, Logic, Analysis (2009); Trans-Buddhism: Transmission, Translation and Transformation (2009); Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy (2010); and The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy (2010).
Graham Priest is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as a regular visiting faculty member at St. Andrews University and at the University of Melbourne where he was the Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. He is known for his defense of dialetheism which is in-depth treatment of logical paradoxes. He thinks that some of the logical contradictions are actually true. He is the author of many influential articles and books. His books include Beyond the Limits of Thought (Cambridge University Press, 1995, 2nd editions, Oxford University Press, 2002); In Contradiction: A Study of the Transconsistent (Oxford University Press, 2002); and Introduction to Non-Classical Logic: From If to IS (Cambridge University Press, 2008). His book Logic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2000) has been translated into Spanish, Czech, Persian, and Japanese. His latest book is One: Being an Investigation into the Unity of Reality and of its Parts including the Singular Object Which is Nothingness (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Free but tickets are required.
- Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies