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Jay L. Garfield

Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy

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Professor Jay Garfield is on leave. He will return Fall, 2016.


Jay Garfield

Jay Garfield is the Doris Silbert professor in the humanities and professor of philosophy. Professor Garfield is on leave through 2015-2016. During that time he is Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple professor of humanities and head of studies in philosophy at Yale-NUS College, professor of philosophy at the National University of Singapore and recurrent visiting professor of philosophy at Yale University. Professor Garfield is also professor of philosophy at Melbourne University and adjunct professor of philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies. 

He teaches and pursues research in the philosophy of mind, foundations of cognitive science, logic, philosophy of language, Buddhist philosophy, cross-cultural hermeneutics, theoretical and applied ethics and epistemology.

Garfield’s most recent books are My Madhyamaka and Yogacara: Allies or Rivals?
(with Jan Westerhoff, Oxford University Press 2015); Engaging Buddhism: Why Buddhism Matters to Contemporary Philosophy (Oxford University Press 2015); Western Idealism and its Critics (CUTS press 2012), Sweet Reason: A Field Guide to Modern Logic (with Jim Henle and Tom Tymoczko, Wiley Blackwell 2011), Indian Philosophy in English from Renaissance to Independence (with Nalini Bhushan, Oxford 2010), Contrary Thinking: Selected Essays of Daya Krishna (with Nalini Bhushan and Daniel Raveh, Oxford 2010) and Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy (with the Cowherds, Oxford 2010).

His work in progress includes a book with Nalini Bhushan on the history of the Indian renaissance; a set of volumes with John Powers, John Makeham and others on Alambanapariksa and its Indian, Tibetan and Chinese commentaries; and a couple of anthologies. Professor Garfield and colleagues have also recently been awarded major research grants from the John Templeton Foundation to investigate the role of contradiction and paradox in East Asian philosophical traditions and to investigate the impact of religious views about the self on attitudes towards intrapersonal connectedness, anxiety about death, and post-mortem existence.