Sunday, December 1, 2013

Buddhist X-logy

In the recent years, I have become obsessed with the desire to squeeze every aspect of Buddhist philosophy within the frame of x-logy words. So far, I have been using the following terms:

1. “Buddhist ontology” (i.e. Buddhist theory of being).

2. “Buddhist epistemology” (i.e. Buddhist theory of knowledge).

3. “Buddhist gnoseology” (i.e. Buddhist theory of jñāna), a kind of higher epistemology.

4. “Buddhist soteriology” (i.e. Buddhist theory of release from saṃsāric bondage).

6. “Buddhist axiology” (i.e. Buddhist theory of mainly ethical, aesthetic, and spiritual values) and now I also see a term “ethology” 

7. “Buddhology” (i.e. theory of the Buddha or a buddha).

8. “Buddhist Dharmology” (i.e. theory of Buddha’s teachings), analogous to “Buddhology.” I have not yet used this before.

9. “Sentientology” (i.e. Buddhist theory of sentient beings). 

10. “Buddhist cosmology”

11. “Buddhist eschatology” (q.v.)

12. “Buddhist psychology” (i.e. Buddhist theory of mind and mental associates).

13.  Buddhist thanatology (I did use this once).

14.  Buddhist semeiology? (Did I use this once?)
15. Buddhist ethology (used in Deleanu 2000)! Ethology = “the science of animal behavior,” “the study of human behavior and social organization from a biological perspective.”

16. “Buddhist hierographology” (study of Buddhist sacred scriptures”

17. (Buddhist) iconology: Seyfort Ruegg 1981: 115 “In addition, Abhayākaragupta was the author of a number of works on iconology, ritual and several Tantrik cycles.”

One may keep on adding to the list. Some people use “Buddhist theology,” but I deprecate it.

Buddhist theory of poison (thus “toxicology”) may become relevant. Buddhist polemology?

Buddhist thaumatology would be interesting.  

(Buddhist) misology?  

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