By Jan Westerhoff
Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani is an important paintings of Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophical literature. Written in an available question-and-answer sort, it comprises Nagarjuna's replies to criticisms of his philosophy of the "Middle Way." The Vigrahavyavartani has been extensively pointed out either in canonical literature and in contemporary scholarship; it has remained a principal textual content in India, Tibet, China, and Japan, and has attracted the curiosity of better and bigger numbers of Western readers.
In The Dispeller of Disputes, Jan Westerhoff deals a transparent new translation of the Vigrahavyavartani, taking present philological learn and all to be had versions into consideration, and including his personal insightful philosophical observation at the textual content. the most important manuscript fabric has been chanced on because the previous translations have been written, and Westerhoff attracts in this fabric to supply a research reflecting the main updated learn in this textual content. In his nuanced and incisive remark, he explains Nagarjuna's arguments, grounds them in old and textual scholarship, and explicitly connects them to modern philosophical concerns.
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