This is a growing list of the notable approaches to emptiness teachings, Eastern and Western. The fields are very different from each other, but each single field contains powerful insights and performative antidotes to the conception that the self and the world exist in fixed and pre-determined ways. Each approach contributes to your experience of freedom and spaciousness in its own way.

General Approaches

  • The Kagyu Tradition in Buddhism
  • The Gelug Tradition in Buddhism
  • The Skeptical Tradition — Sextus Empiricus
  • Postmodernism — Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Martin Heidegger, Jean-François Lyotard, Friedrich Nietzsche et al
  • Analytic Approaches — Donald Davidson, W.V.O. Quine, Richard Rorty, Wilfrid Sellars, Ludwig Wittgenstein et al
  • Science and Science Studies — David Bloor, Thomas Kuhn, Bruno Latour et al
  • The Rhetorical and Sophistic Traditions — Gorgias, Protagoras, Cicero, Quintillian, Isocrates, Stanley Fish, Brian Vickers, Media and Communication Studies et al
  • Socio-Cultural Approaches — Cultural Studies, Feminism, Gender Studies, Post-Colonialism, etc.

Special Topics

  • Richard Rorty — The self and world without substances or essences
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein — Letting the fly out of the fly-bottle
  • Jacques Derrida — Deconstruction and openness to the Other
  • Sextus Empiricus — Skepticism and freedom from worry
Greg Goode