Empty words represents a serious engagement with buddhist philosophy and contributes to the exegesis of madhyamaka and yogacara thought more importantly however i think that it contributes to the further development of buddhist philosophy as a continuing project mario damato hampshire college philosophy east west. This volume collects jay garfields essays on madhyamaka yog ac ara buddhist ethics and cross cultural hermeneutics the first part addresses madhyamaka supplementing garfields translation of fundamental wisdom of the middle way oup 1995 a foundational philosophical text by the buddhist saint nagarjuna garfield then considers the work of philosophical rivals and sheds important light . Jay l garfields empty words is a collection of mostly previously published essays bearing on the interpretation of buddhist thought emphasizing the indo tibetan tradition while indebted to euro american philosophy empty words belongs in a class with books such as tom tillemanss scripture logic and language essays on dharmakirti and his tibetan successors 1999 and matthew kapsteins . Jay garfields empty words is a challenging but highly rewarding set of essays that reveal his deep scholarship on buddhist philosophy and its growing influence on western academic philosophers i have been working on one essay at a time chewing and digesting slowly researching along the way and coming away enriched and more appreciative of . Empty words makes a worthwhile contribution to the philosophical study of buddhism philosophy east west empty words represents a serious engagement with buddhist philosophy and contributes to the exegesis of madhyamaka and yogacara thought
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