Buddhism without Buddhists? On Philosophy, Normativity and Whale Ears (Joseph Walser, Tufts University)
In this Zoom talk, Joseph Walser critiques the modern Western scholarly discourse on Buddhist philosophy, arguing that academic Buddhist philosophers appeal to a free-floating, normative “Buddhism” when making their arguments about historical Buddhist authors. Walser argues that the cogency of such arguments is undermined when the historical context of the original argument is misunderstood. The talk is recorded on April 14, 2021.