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Jay Garfield

Professor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne; Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities, Smith College

Jay Lazar Garfield is a professor of philosophy who specializes in Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities at Smith College, professor of philosophy at the University of Melbourne, visiting professor of philosophy and Buddhist studies at Harvard Divinity School, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies.

Garfield received an A.B. from Oberlin College in 1975 and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986, where he worked with Wilfrid Sellars and Annette Baier. At the Central University of Tibetan Studies in India, he studied Nagarjuna with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhas.

He is editor-in-chief of the journal Sophia, and is on the editorial boards of Philosophical Psychology, Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion, Australasian Philosophical Review, Philosophy East and West, American Institute of Buddhist Studies/Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies/Tibet House, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and the Journal of Buddhist Philosophy.

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Losing Ourselves: Learning to Live Without a Self

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Buddhist Ethics: A Philosophical Exploration (Buddhist Philosophy for Philosophers)

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