2019 Numata Symposium - Buddhist Philosophy: The State of the Field

Friday, September 20, 10 am - 7 pm
Toll Room, Alumni House
University of California, Berkeley


10:10 - 10:30: Welcome remarks

Robert Sharf, Chair, Center for Buddhist Studies
Shōryū Katsura, President, Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai Japan
Yoshiaki Numata, President, Mitutoyo Corporation

10:30 - 12:45: Panel I - Chair, Alexander von Rospatt (UC Berkeley)

Shōryū Katsura (Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai)
Mark Siderits on Anumāna

Jay Garfield (Smith College)
Knowing Illusion: Studying Geluk-Sakya/Kagyu Polemics following Takstang’s ‘18 Great Contradictions in the Thought of Tsongkhapa

Lin Chen-kuo (National Chenchi University)
When Chan Meets the Logicians: Miyun Yuanwu’s (1566-1642) Response in the Debate on No-Motion

12:45 - 2:30: Lunch Break

2:30 - 4:45: Panel II - Chair, Shōryū Katsura (Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai)

Daniel A. Arnold (The University of Chicago)
Location, Location, Location! Thoughts on the Philosophical Implications of a Locative Absolute

Jan Westerhoff (University of Oxford)
How to Balance Philology and Philosophy in the Study of Madhyamaka

Catherine Prueitt (University of British Columbia)
Salience, Attention, and Exclusion

4:45 - 5:15: Coffee Break

5:15 - 6:45: Panel III - Chair, Robert Sharf (UC Berkeley)

Jonathan Gold (Princeton University)
What Use Is Buddhist Philosophy? Constructing the Path for Academia

Parimal Patil (Harvard University)
Why Buddhists Argue