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Logic and paradox in Buddhism topic of MSU’s Oct. 12 Hausser Lecture

September 29, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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"Four Corners: Logic and Paradox in Madhyamaka Buddhism" is the topic of the 38th annual Margaret and Harry Hausser Lecture to be given Monday, Oct. 12, at Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.

Jay L. Garfield, a humanities professor and head of philosophy studies at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and Graham Priest, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will deliver the lecture at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are recommended.

At the event, Garfield and Priest will trace the use of catuṣkoti, a four-cornered approach to partitioning logical space, from early Buddhist thought through Madhyamaka, a traditional school of Buddhist thought.

Garfield is professor of humanities and head of studies in philosophy at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, professor of philosophy at the National University of Singapore and recurrent visiting professor of philosophy at Yale University. Garfield earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He has written more than 100 scholarly articles and reviews and has written or edited, alone and with colleagues, more than 15 books.

Priest is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center, as well as a regular visiting faculty member at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, and at the University of Melbourne, where he was a professor of philosophy. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. He is known for his defense of dialetheism, which is the in-depth treatment of logical paradoxes. He is the author of many influential articles and books.

Tickets for the event can be obtained on a first-come, first-serve basis from the MSU Department of History and Philosophy, 2-155 Wilson Hall.

For more information about tickets, please contact the department at or 994-4395.

For more information on Garfield, see

For more information on Priest, visit his website:

Contact: Kori Robbins, Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, (406) 994-4395, or