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Researcher: Thakchoe, S (Dr Sonam Thakchoe)

Research Fields

Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions
Philosophy of Specific Cultures (incl. Comparative Philosophy)
Philosophy of Religion
Epistemology
Philosophy
History of Ideas
Philosophy of Language
Applied Ethics
Mental Health
History of Philosophy
Metaphysics
Social Philosophy

Research Impact

Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Education and Training Systems
Education and Training
Religion and Society
Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Religious Structures and Ritual
Mental Health
Cultural Understanding
Learner and Learning Achievement
Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
Communication Across Languages and Culture

Career Best Publications

'The Relationship between the two truths'; a comparative analysis of two Tibetan Accounts; Contemporary Buddhism
How many truths? Are there two truths or one in the Tibetan Prasangika Madhyamika?; Contemporary Buddhism
The Two Truths Debate: Tsongkhapa and Gorampa on the Middle Way; Wisdom Publications

Research Publications

'The Relationship between the two truths'; a comparative analysis of two Tibetan Accounts; Contemporary Buddhism
Candrakīrti's theory of perception: A case for non-foundationalist epistemology in Madhyamaka; Acta Orientalia Vilnensia
Dignaga's 'Investigation of the Percept' : a philosophical legacy in India and Tibet; Oxford University Press
Gorampa on the Objects of Negation: Arguments for Negating Conventional Truths; Contemporary Buddhism
How many truths? Are there two truths or one in the Tibetan Prasangika Madhyamika?; Contemporary Buddhism
Identifying the Object of Negation and the Status of Conventional Truth: Why the dGag Bya Matters So Much to Tibetan Madhyamikas; Moonshadows: conventional truth in Buddhist philosophy
Moonpath: Ethics and Emptiness; Oxford University Press
Moonshadows: conventional truth in Buddhist philosophy; Oxford University Press
Philosophy of Vipassana Meditation: Appreciating the Rational Basis of the Insightful Meditation; Journal of Rare Buddhist Texts Research Unit
Prāsaṅgika Epistemology in Context; Moonshadows: conventional truth in Buddhist philosophy
Prāsaṅgika epistemology: A reply to Stag tsang's charge against Tsongkhapa's uses of Pramāṇa in Candrakīrti's philosophy; Journal of Indian Philosophy
Prasangika's semantic nominalism: reality is linguistic concept; Journal of Indian Philosophy
Reification and Nihilism: The Three Nature Theory and Its Implications; Madhyamaka and Yogacara: Allies or Rivals?
Status of Conventional Truth in Tsong khapa's Madhyamika philosophy; Contemporary Buddhism
The Many Voices of Buddhist Ethics; Moonpath: Ethics and Emptiness
The Place of Ethics in Buddhism
The Prāsaṅgika Ethics of Momentary Disintegration (Vināśa Bhāva): Causally Effective Karmic Moments; Moonpath: Ethics and Emptiness
The Theory of Two Truths in India
The Theory of Two Truths in Tibet
The Two Truths Debate: Tsongkhapa and Gorampa on the Middle Way; Wisdom Publications
Tibetan Reflections on the Value of Truth in Cross-Cultural Philosophy; Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies
Transcendental knowledge in Tibetan Madhyamika Epistemology; Contemporary Buddhism
Vices and Virtues: A Buddhist Perspective; Vices and Virtues

Research Projects

A Buddhist Debate and Its Contemporary Relevance; Australian Research Council (ARC)
An Investigation of Taktsang's Presentation of Eighteen Great Contradictions in Tsongkhapa's Philosophy and Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen's Response; University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Research Candidate Supervision

"Cultivation of awareness in dreams"
A Calculus of Consequences and Compassion- A Comparative Analysis of Mahayana Buddhist Ethics and Classical Utilitarian Ethics
A Theopoetic Reflection on Thomas Traherne, Meister Eckhart and Mother Julian of Norwich
An Investigation of the Relationship between an Ethic of Alturism and Metaphysics of Emptiness in Madhyamika Buddhism
Buddhism and the Scientific Method
Buddhist Mandalas
Created Motion in Maximus the Confessor- A Dynamicist Reading
Domain of the Illusory- Non-Egological Approach to Phenomenal Personhood
Ethics and Emptiness- Does Tsongkhapian Madhyamaka Afford a Basis for the Efficacy of Ethical Behaviour?
Gender and the Soteriology Debate in Buddhism- Is a Female Buddha Possible in Non-Esoteric Buddhism?
Identity and Exile- An examination of Tibetan cultural resistances to the Chinese occupation of their homeland, and the means by which Tibetans maintain a national identity w/o
Is Meditation the Only Means to Attain the Buddhist 'Summum Bonum'- An Experiential Analysis of Pastoral Care through Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Nothing Transcended- An Examination of the Metaphysical Implications of Interdependence
Nourishing the Dhamma- Vegetarianism and Animal Nonviolence in Theravada Buddhism with a special focus on Sinhala Buddhism
Philosophy of Education in Buddhism
Responses to the Self in Derrida & Mahayana Buddhism
The anthropology of pilgrimage- A cultural and psychological analysis of a modern spiritual journey - The route to Kailas
The Buddhist Perspective of the Mind and Meditative Practice
The Iconography of Contemporary Tibetan Art- Deconstruction, Reconstruction and Iconoclasm
The Philosophy of Comparative Philosophy