Originally trained as a philosopher and orientialist, Jan Westerhoff's research focuses on philosophical aspects of the religious traditions of ancient India. Much of his work concentrates on Buddhist thought (especially Madhyamaka) as preserved in Sanskrit and Tibetan sources, he also has a lively interest in Classical Indian philosophy (particularly Nyāya). His research on Buddhist philosophy covers both theoretical (metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language) and normative aspects (ethics); he is also interested in the investigation of Buddhist meditative practice from the perspective of cognitive science and the philosophy of mind.
Madhyamaka and Modern Western Philosophy: A Report
The Merely Conventional Existence of the World
Twelve Examples of Illusion
The Dispeller of Disputes: Nāgārjuna's Vigrahavyāvartanī
Nāgārjuna's Madhyamaka. A Philosophical Introduction