Sara L. McClintock, Associate Professor (2005). Sara McClintock received her BA from Bryn Mawr College, her MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and her PhD in Religion from Harvard University. She has also spent time as a research scholar at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India and at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She has held prior teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Carleton College. Her research focuses on the philosophical traditions of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, with special interests in the rhetorical nature of Buddhist conceptions of reason and the moral philosophy of Buddhist narrative literature. She teaches courses on Indian religions, Buddhism, Buddhist narrative literature, the role of the reader in the interpretation of religious texts, and Tibetan language.
Prof. McClintock’s new book, Omniscience and the Rhetoric of Reason: Rationality, Argumentation and Religious Authority in the Tattvasamgraha and the Panjika (Wisdom Publications, 2010), explores the ways that certain forms of Buddhist argumentation about omniscience reflect contextual notions of both reason and authority. She is the co-editor with Georges Dreyfus of The Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction: What Difference Does a Difference Make? (Wisdom Publications, 2003), a volume of papers on Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka philosophy. With her colleague John Dunne, she has translated Nagarjuna’s Ratnavali, a revised version of which will be released in Wisdom Publication’s Classics of Indian Buddhism Series as The Precious Garland: An Epistle to a King.
She is working to develop tools for teaching Tibetan language, including a literary Tibetan primer with John Dunne. Her video podcast to teach Tibetan spelling and pronunciation, Jor Lok, is freely available to all. Prof. McClintock was also the chair of the planning committee for the XVth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, held at Emory University in June 2008. In April 2010, Professor McClintock served as the main respondent for "Madhyamaka & Methodology: A Symposium on Buddhist Theory and Method," held at Smith College. To view her response and the presentations of all the participants, visit the following website: http://www.smith.edu/buddhism/event-mmsymp.php
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