Friday, November 14, 2008

Jay Garfield on Ethics

Good lecture.
For two days in February of 2006, twenty-four remarkable scholars crossed departmental lines to convene in Columbia University's historic Low Rotunda for a lively discussion on mind, body, and human consciousness at, MIND & REALITY: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY SYMPOSIUM ON CONSCIOUSNESS. This video is part of series from that event.

The speaker in this video is Jay Garfield.
Garfield 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. He is director of the logic program and teaches at Smith College.

Jay is also director of the Five College Logic Program and the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program, an exchange program between the Five Colleges and the Tibetan universities in India and so most Januaries takes groups of students to study Buddhist philosophy at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in India. Jay is also a member of the Graduate Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.

Jay's most recent book is Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation (Oxford University Press 2002). He and Geshe Ngawang Samten have translated Tsong Khapa's commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (Ocean of Reasoning). Jay is currently working on projects on the development of the theory of mind in children with particular attention to the role of pretense in that process; the impact of teaching philosophy in primary schools on the development of citizenship values; the law of noncontradiction; and the history of Buddhist idealism in India and Tibet (especially the impact of Sthiramati.

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