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John Taber at the Chair of Buddhist Studies

May 19, 2014

During the summer term Prof. Dr. John Taber (Professor of Philosophy, University of New Mexico) is visiting professor for Buddhist Studies. He is replacing Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner during her research sabbatical.

Prof. Taber is an internationally known expert in the history of Indian philosophy. He works on the Brahmanical and Buddhist traditions and their interrelationships. His main interests on the Brahmanical side are Mīmāmsā, especially the great 7th century thinker Kumārila Bhaṭṭa, and Advaita Vedānta. On the Buddhist side, he is occupied with the Yogācāra epistemological tradition (Vasubandhu, Dignāga, Dharmakīrti). He is concerned in his work with approaching the theories and problems discussed in Indian philosophical texts in a way that is at once philologically rigorous, historically informed, and philosophically sophisticated.

John Taber received his Ph.D. from Universität Hamburg, Germany, in 1983 in Philosophy with Indology and General Linguistics as minor subjects. His first teaching appointment was in the Department of Religion, Case Western Reserve University. He joined the University of New Mexico Philosophy Department in 1987 and was Chair of the department from 2005 to 2009. He has been previously visiting professor (twice) in South Asian, Tibetan, and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna.

During the summer term Prof. Taber is giving a number of classes of interest to students in the MA Transcultural Studies, South Asian Studies, and Cultural and Religious History of South Asia programmes. Students and scholars are invited to contact him via e-mail: jataber@unm.edu.

The Chair of Buddhist Studies, occupied by Prof. Birgit Kellner, focuses on philosophy in South Asian and Tibetan Buddhism, in its multiple and shifting relationships to normative religious discourse.


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