[INDOLOGY] "One Flew Over the Nest: an Externalist Among Pramāṇavādins", Serena Saccone, May 4 2021

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Fri Apr 30 13:56:39 UTC 2021

I hope this lecture will be recorded and a link for the recording shared on
Indology. With best wishes,

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 6:51 AM Charles DiSimone via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> With all apologies for cross posting, this may be of interest to some
> members of the list.
> Dear Friends,
> below please find information on the seventh lecture in the Ghent Center
> for Buddhist Studies <http://www.cbs.ugent.be/node/1> Spring Lecture
> Series (Permanent Training in Buddhist Studies (PTBS)) generously sponsored
> by the Tianzhu Foundation. Serena Saccone, Associate Professor at the
> University of Naples, “L’Orientale”, will give a lecture on May 04, 2021 at
> 19.00 Belgian time. All lectures in this series will be held remotely over
> Zoom. Interested parties are welcome to attend the series or individual
> talks. To get the Zoom link, please register by writing to CBS at ugent.be *by
> the morning of May 04*. The link will be sent out the day of the talk.
> With my kind regards,
> Charles DiSimone
> *One Flew Over the Nest: an Externalist Among Pramāṇavādins*
> *Serena Saccone*
> * University of Naples, “L’Orientale”*
> Śubhagupta (8th cent.) is a key figure within the Buddhist tradition of
> logic and epistemology (*pramāṇa*). Most of his works are in fact a
> systematization, as well as elaboration, of the doctrines and arguments
> found in Dharmakīrti’s writings. In this respect, he shares views
> with (and perhaps also directly influenced) his fellow Buddhist
> contemporaries, Śāntarakṣita and Kamalaśīla, who represent the
> mainstream tradition in the 8th century. On the other hand, as seen in
> his magnum opus, the “Verses on the Demonstration of External Objects” (*
> *Bāhyārthasiddhikārikā*), Śubhagupta significantly deviates from
> that mainstream tradition on some crucial tenets by advocating the
> existence of external objects and the illogicality that cognitions bear
> their objects’ images (*nirākāravāda*). The main point of contention
> appears to be (to some extent) the theory of self-awareness (
> *svasaṃvedana*) of cognitions. In this lecture, I shall present the
> pivotal elements of that internal debate, which, arguably, made Śubhagupta
> the Buddhist externalist (*bahirarthavādin*) *par excellence* for that
> tradition.
> *Bio*
> *Serena Saccone *is an Associate Professor at the University of Naples,
> “L’Orientale.” She holds a PhD in Indology and Tibetology from the
> University of Turin and was a research fellow at the Austrian Academy of
> Sciences from 2015 to 2021. Her main area of research is the intellectual
> history of Buddhism, focusing on South Asian authors from the early
> medieval period, with a specific interest in epistemology, logic and
> soteriology, as well as their interconnections. Saccone’s monograph, “On
> the Nature of Things” (2018), concerns the internal Buddhist debate on
> cognitions and their object in the 8th century. Her second book, “Tantra
> and Pramāṇa. Studies in the Sāramañjarī” (2021), co-authored with
> Péter-Dániel Szántó, deals with the interrelationship between Tantric
> Buddhism and the Dignāga-Dharmakīrtian tradition of logic and
> epistemology.
> Dr. Charles DiSimone
> Department of Languages and Cultures
> Ghent University
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