Contradiction & Japanese Buddhism



Prof. Yasuo Deguchi, (Kyoto University)
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Yasuo DEGUCHI who was born in Osaka, Japan, educated at Kyoto University and LSE, and is associate professor of philosophy, Kyoto University, specializing in Kant, philosophy of science, analytic Asian philosophy and many other things. His manifold and enterprising style is in the spirit of applied philosophy. Actually he is a co-founder and the current president of Japanese society for applied philosophy, and edited two books on the discipline.


Prof. Funayama Toru (Kyoto University)
Funayama Toru is Professor in the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Japan. He specializes medieval Chinese Buddhism during the fourth and eighth centuries as well as in scholastic aspects of Yogacara school of Indian Buddhism. His recent works include Making Sutras into 'Classics' (jingdian): How Buddhist Scriptures Were Translated into Chinese (Tokyo, 2013, in Japanese) and "Kamalasila's Distinction between the Two Sub-schools of Yogacara. A Provisional Survey" (in: Pramanakirtih. Papers Dedicated to Ernst Steinkellner on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday, Vienna, 2007). He is currently interested in a philological study on a well-known Chinese Buddhist apocryphon entitled Scripture of Brahma's Net (Fanwang jing).


Prof. Jay Garfield (National University of Singapore)
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Jay Garfield is Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities and Head of Studies in Philosophy at Yale-NUS College, Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore, Recurrent Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Smith College, Professor of Philosophy at Melbourne University and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies. He works on topics in the foundations of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, logic, epistemology, ethics, Buddhist philosophy and cross-cultural interpretation

Garfield’s most recent books include Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy (Oxford 2014), Madhyamaka and Yogācāra: Allies or Rivals?  (edited, with Jan Westerhoff, Oxford 2015), The Moon Points Back: Buddhism, Logic and Analytic Philosophy (edited, with Yasuo Deguchi, Graham Priest and Koji Tanaka Oxford, 2015), Indian Philosophy in English from Renaissance to Independence (with Nalini Bhushan, Oxford 2011) and Contrary Thinking: Selected Papers of Daya Krishna (edited with Nalini Bhushan and Daniel Raveh, Oxford 2011).


Prof. Shoryu Katsura (Ryukoku University)
Shōryū KATSURA received his training in Sanskrit and Buddhist Studies at Kyoto University and the University of Toronto. From 1976 to 2004 he taught in the Department of Indian Philosophy at Hiroshima University; from 2004 to 2015 he is Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Ryūkoku University, Kyoto. His main academic interest lies in Buddhist epistemology and logic of Dignāga and Dharmakīrti but he has also made some significant contributions to other facets of classical Indian Buddhist thoughts such as Abhidharma and Madhyamaka. He recently published Nāgārjuna’s Middle Way : Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (Wisdom, 2013) together with Mark Siderits.


Dr. Ralf Müller (Universität Hildesheim)
Ralf Müller has studied philosophy and japanology in Berlin, Munich and Kyoto. He submitted his master thesis on the modern Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitarō and his PhD thesis on the medieval Zen-Buddhist Dōgen to the institute of philosophy at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. After one year as a research fellow at Zurich University, he pursued his research at Kyōto-University supported by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Since 2015 he works in the field of cultural philosophy at Universität Hildesheim in Germany.


Prof. Graham Priest (The Graduate Center of City University of New York)
Graham Priest is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Boyce Gibson Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne. He is known for his work on non-classical logic, particularly in connection with dialetheism, on the history of philosophy, and on Buddhist philosophy.  He has published articles in nearly every major philosophy and logic journal. His books include: In Contradiction: A Study of the Transconsistent, Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff 1987 (2nd edition: Oxford: Oxford University Press 2006), Beyond the Limits of Thought, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1995 (2nd edition: Oxford: Oxford University Press 2002), Logic: a Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press 200a, Towards Non-Being: the Semantics and Metaphysics of Intentionality, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005, Doubt Truth to be a Liar, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2006. His new book, One, is about to appear with Oxford University Press. 


Prof. Robert Sharf (UC Berkley)
Robert Sharf is D. H. Chen Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Chair of the Center for Buddhist Studies, at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.A. in Religious Studies (1979) and an M.A. in Chinese Studies (1981) from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan (1990). He works primarily in the area of medieval Chinese Buddhism (especially Chan), but he has also published on topics in Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist art, ritual studies, and methodological issues in the study of religion. He is author of Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism: A Reading of the Treasure Store Treatise (2002), co-editor of Living Images: Japanese Buddhist Icons in Context(2001), and is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Thinking about Not Thinking: Buddhist Struggles with Mindlessness, Insentience, and Nirvana.”