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Chapter 1. Introduction
1.1. Notes on the Methodology of this Thesis
Chapter 2. The Buddha and His Teachings
2.1. The Life of the Buddha
2.2. The Thought of the Buddha
Chapter 3. Early Buddhism and The Historical Context of Nagarjuna
3.1. The Person of Nagarjuna
3.2. Some Early Controversies
3.3. Abhidharma and the Perfection of Wisdom Writings
3.4. The Main Figures of Madhyamika
4.1. Structure of the Karika
4.2. Methodology of this Examination of the Karika
4.3. A Presentation of the Treatise
4.3.1. Section 1 — Causation, and some Initial Problems
4.3.4. Section 7 — Cohesion of Disparate Elements (Samskrta)
4.3.5. Sections 8-11 — The Ontological Status of the Individual
4.3.6. Sections 12-13 — Suffering and its Cause
4.3.8. Sections 16-17 — Bondage and its Cause
4.3.9. Section 18 — Self-hood and its Consequences
4.3.13. Section 25 — The Ultimate Goal:Enlightenment
4.3.15. Section 27 — Conclusion:Right and Wrong Views
Chapter 5. The Philosophy of Madhyamika
Chapter 6. Nagarjuna’s Motivation and Mission
6.1. The Dedicatory Verses
6.2. Self-Nature Theories
6.3. Non-Buddhist Notions of Self-Nature and the Soul
6.4. The Buddha’s Theory of Soul-lessness
6.5. Nagarjuna’s Response
Chapter 7. Dependant Arising, the Foundation of Madhyamika
7.1. Dependant Arising as a Central Notion in Buddhism
7.2. The Meaning of Dependent Arising
7.3. Madyamika Interpretation and Re-interpretation
Chapter 8. Emptiness, the Ultimate Cosmology
8.1. Pre-Madhyamika Use of the Concept
8.2. Emptiness as a Via Negativa, a Way of Negation
8.3. Emptiness is Perceived, not Invented
8.4. Dependent Arising + No Self-Nature = Emptiness
8.5. Emptiness is a Theory of No-Theory
8.6. Emptiness is Freedom Itself
Chapter 9. Conclusion
Chapter 10. Epilogue
Chapter 11. Bibliography
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Thinking in Buddhism: Nagarjuna’s Middle Way

Thinking in Buddhism: Nagarjuna’s Middle Way

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