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Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Pierre-Julien Harter from the University of Chicago Divinity School

Friday, February 3, 2017, 2:30 – 4:30PM
Humanities Building - Carolyn Tanner Irish (CTIHB)

Between Epistemology and Ethics: Contribution towards a Philosophical Theory of the Path

This talk argues for the philosophical significance of the Buddhist concept of the path. Buddhist scholars have used the concept of the path to frame their discussions of personal transformation understood as a path leading an individual from his or her ordinary condition to the perfect condition of Buddhahood, the summum bonum for the Buddhist tradition. By presenting some Tibetan epistemological debates regarding the nature of the cognition that appears at a certain moment of the path, I will argue that the path is not merely the equivalent of ethics in Buddhist thought, but a whole different way to think about the necessary relationship between philosophy as a theoretical activity and its existential dimension. 

Last Updated: 1/30/17