Buddhist scholars have engaged in philosophical arguments and debates for well over two thousand years, and they can therefore make a serious contribution to the philosophical wisdom of humanity.
The philosophy of religion, as it is currently taught in the West, is generally restricted to the three world religions that arose in the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. If philosophers extend their inquiry further afield and include the religious traditions of Asia, many assumptions need to be revisited and key concepts redefined. In the case of Buddhism, for instance, the very existence of God is questioned. The inclusion of Buddhist thought nevertheless appears to be worthwhile since numerous Buddhist scholars have engaged in philosophical arguments and debates for well over two thousand years, and they can therefore make a serious contribution to the philosophical wisdom of humanity.
In this section you will find resources that open up a critical analysis of Buddhist thought in such a way that Buddhism can find its place alongside the other world religions in the contemporary discourse of philosophy of religion.
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