Jan Westerhoff unfolds the story of one of the richest episodes in the history of Indian thought, the development of Buddhist philosophy during the first millennium CE. He investigates the cultural and intellectual factors that influenced and changed Buddhist philosophical thought (such as internal Buddhist debates and debates with Hindu thinkers, varying interpretations of texts, the development of meditative techniques), and traces the continuing themes,
stressing how many apparently new developments can be seen as being present in the form of conceptual seeds in the earliest texts of Buddhism. His aim is that the historical presentation will also allow the
reader to get a better systematic grasp of key Buddhist concepts such as non-self, suffering, reincarnation, karma, and nirvana.
Jan Westerhoff was educated at Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has taught Philosophy at the Universities of Oxford and Durham and is presently Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at the University of Oxford, Fellow and Tutor in Theology and Religion at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His books include Ontological Categories
(2005), Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka (2009), Twelve Examples of Illusion (2010), The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani (2010), and A Very Short Introduction to Reality (2011), all published by Oxford