The Philosophy of Buddhism

A “Totalistic” Synthesis

  • Alfonso Verdu

Part of the Studies in Philosophy and Religion book series (STPAR, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Pre-totalistic Theories of Causation in Buddhism

  3. Buddhist Totalism: General Doctrine of “Causation-by-Tathatā” and the Basis of the Causative Process: the Substance, the Function and the Manifestations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
  4. Buddhist Totalism: The Substance and Its Function

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Alfonso Verdu
      Pages 45-47
    3. Alfonso Verdu
      Pages 48-50
    4. Alfonso Verdu
      Pages 51-56
  5. Buddhist Totalism: The Manifestations, Entitative and Cognitive

  6. Buddhist Totalism: The Ontological Manifestations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Alfonso Verdu
      Pages 83-86
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Alfonso Verdu
      Pages 167-170
  8. Notes to the Text

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Alfonso Verdu
      Pages 173-192
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 193-207

About this book


The riddles that world-causation pose to the human mind lie at the bottom of all cosmological systems of thought. In their origins, all philosophical attitudes are conditioned by partiality and "perspectivism. " The philosopher's attempted flight towards the seemingly remote kingdom of truth is often aborted by the binding twines of perspectival language. Thus his insights lose themselves in conflicting, contradictory manifestos. Greek cosmology, as it is formally set forth by the pre-Socratics, is a clear example of this weary pilgrimage of mind's embodied vision from angle to angle, from perspective to perspective. Not less is to be expected from the systems of Hinduism and, mutatis mutandis, also of Buddhist thought. More confined from the very outset to the study of reality as a study of human existence, of its awareness of embodiment, of its spatio-temporal bondage, and of its ultimate ontological status, Buddhism gave rise to truly astounding theories of "life-world" causation. The process of Buddhist thought, as it refers to the nature of the human experience as "in-the-world" existence, covers a vast range of doctrines, from original theories of pluralism and phenomenalism with sectional, multifarious and relativistic notions of causality, through the unitary conceptions of monistic idealism, up to the top of universal integrationism and dialectical totalism.


Age of Enlightenment Buddhism Japanese enlightenment freedom idealism individual issue knowledge liberty media nature phenomenalism singular subject

Authors and affiliations

  • Alfonso Verdu
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of KansasUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8188-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8186-7
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