Professor Jan Westerhoff



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).

Research Area

Study of Religions

Research Interests

Buddhist Philosophy, Classical Indian Philosophy


Stanford Enclyclopedia of Philosophy (Indo-Tibetan section)

Book series for OUP “Buddhist Philosophy for Philosophers”


Details of all my publications can be found here.  


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