Jay Garfield

Professor Jay Garfield

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Corresponding Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2016


Jay Garfield is the world’s leading figure in the field of Global Philosophy, and has produced a body of work that has expanded the field for both Asian and Western thinkers. His work spans a number of genres, including philosophy of mind and cognitive science, logic, Buddhist epistemology and the history of modern Indian philosophy, particularly Indo-Tibetan Madhyamaka and Yogācāra. Jay’s most recent books are ‘Minds Without Fear: Philosophy in the Indian Renaissance’, with Nalini Bhushan (2017); ‘Dignāga’s Investigation of the Percept: A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet’, with Douglas Duckworth, David Eckel, John Powers, Yeshes Thabkhas and Sonam Thakchöe (2016); ‘Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy’ (2015); and ‘Moonpaths: Ethics and Emptiness’ (2015). He currently directs the Logic and Buddhist Studies programs and the Five College Tibetan Studies in India program at Smith College. He is Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies.

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