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Professor Jay L. Garfield, Ph.D.

Professor Jay L. Garfield
  • Smith College
  • University of Pittsburgh
The beauty of 'doing' philosophy is that we don't have to make yes-or-no choices.

Dr. Jay L. Garfield is Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and director of both the Logic Program and of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program at Smith College. The holder of a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Garfield also serves on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts, Melbourne University in Australia, and the Central University of Tibetan Studies in India. A specialist 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 has been widely honored by fellow scholars. Professor Garfield has written more than 100 scholarly articles and reviews and has written or edited, alone and with colleagues, more than 15 books, including Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (2002); Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation (2006); Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings (2009); Pointing at the Moon: Buddhism, Logic, Analysis (2009); Trans-Buddhism: Transmission, Translation and Transformation (2009); Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy (2010); and The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy (2010).

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14 Courses and Sets

  1. Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions Sale

    Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

    Jay L. Garfield
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    What is the meaning of life? How do we find that meaning? To whom should we listen as we shape the path we will walk through the world? The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions is an invigorating way to begin or continue your pursuit of these and other questions. Professor Jay L. Garfield's 36 lectures offer you a rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of what various...
  2. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  3. (Set) The Meaning of Life & Great Ideas of Philosophy Set

    (Set) The Meaning of Life & Great Ideas of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $999.90 $499.90$999.90
  4. (Set)  Sacred Texts of the World & Meaning of Life Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  5. (Set)  Moral Decision Making & Meaning of Life Set

    (Set) Moral Decision Making & Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  6. (Set)  Meaning of Life & Why Evil Exists Set

    (Set) Meaning of Life & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  7. (Set) Understanding the East  Set

    (Set) Understanding the East

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $659.80 Starting at $659.80 $1,259.80 $659.80$1,259.80
    Explore the philosophy, religions, and practices of the East in this four-course set that gives you a new perspective on some of life's most profound questions. First, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, see how great Eastern philosophers came up with wholly different ways of approaching, understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers. Next, in...
  8. (Set) The Meaning of Life & Life Lessons from the Great Books Set

    (Set) The Meaning of Life & Life Lessons from the Great Books

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Illuminate your understanding about your life with the philosophical and literary insights featured in this two-course set. The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions offers you a rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of what various spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions have contributed to this profound line of questioning. Life Lessons from the Great Books shows...
  9. (Set) Meaning of Life & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition Set

    (Set) Meaning of Life & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Explore how both Eastern and Western traditions have attempted to answer some of life's most profound questions. First, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, see how great Eastern philosophers came up with wholly different ways of approaching, understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers. Then, in The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the...
  10. (Set) The Meaning of Life & No Excuses Set

    (Set) The Meaning of Life & No Excuses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Probe some of the most intriguing questions in the subject of philosophy with this provocative two-course set. The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions offers a wide-ranging exploration of what various spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions have contributed to understanding this profound issue. And No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life focuses on how...
  11. (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & Meaning of Life Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  12. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  13. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $719.90 $499.90$719.90
  14. (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Meaning of Life Set on sale

    (Set) Exploring Metaphysics & Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $354.00 Starting at $84.90 $115.90 $84.90$115.90
    Examine some of the biggest and deepest questions about the problems and challenges of human life with this thoughtful course set. First, in Exploring Metaphysics, explore the nature of reality, free will, consciousness, the relationship between the mind and the brain, and even the possibility of time travel. Then, in The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions, ponder how...