January 2013

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Call for Proposals

This Group entertains individual paper proposals, but mostly encourages thematically integrated sessions. These sessions might focus on specific philosophical topics, on methodological issues, or on a recent publication in the field or a classical text of particular importance. Sessions representing a diversity of methods to address a regionally-defined topic are also encouraged. There is particular interest in developing a papers session or roundtable proposal that would be suitable for cosponsorship with the Philosophy of Religion Section. Other possible topics include:

  • Yogācāra as a theory of meaning, and/or Buddhist philosophy of language more generally

  • Buddhist philosophy and theism, and/or atheistic religious experience

  • Intersubjectivity as a problem

  • Action theory in Buddhist thought

  • Nonduality in pan-Indian perspective/what’s so bad about duality?

  • Controversy as a source of philosophical development/construction of doctrinal identity

  • Pluralism and attitudes to religious others

  • Buddhist and Vedāntic modernism

  • The problem of relations

  • Why/how does Buddhism matter for the philosophy of religion?

Those interested in any of these topics should contact the Chairs for information on other members intending to develop proposals on the same topic.


This Group provides a forum for the scholarly study of Buddhist philosophical thought in its various forms across all regions and traditions of the Buddhist world. We seek to develop tightly organized sessions that deal not only with intra-Buddhist philosophical issues — such as those involving major philosophical traditions and major thinkers and texts — but also with topics involving the relationship between Buddhist philosophy and other traditions of philosophical thought, both ancient and modern. The Group likewise provides a venue to examine the relationship between Buddhist thought and Buddhist practice. We encourage work on the full range of Buddhist philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, soteriology, ethics, and philosophy of mind.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to Steering Committee members.


Sara L. McClintock
Emory University
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Richard Nance
Indiana University
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Method of Submission


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