Staff Profile


Dr David Burton

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922369

Profile summary

David Burton came to Canterbury Christ Church in 2004, having previously held
the Gordon Milburn Fellowship at Oxford University. He has also taught at Mount
Saint Vincent University in Canada and the Open University.

He is interested in many aspects of Buddhism, mysticism and religious language, comparative philosophy and religion, and the philosophy of religion. He is also currently researching the representation of Hinduism in Indian films.

Research and knowledge exchange

He has recently completed writing Buddhism: A Contemporary Philosophical Inverstigation for the 'Investigating Philosophy of Religion' monograph series edited by Professor Charles Taliaferro and Professor Chad Meister and published by Routledge.

Teaching and subject expertise

He teaches undergraduate modules on topics such as ethics, world religions, Buddhism, Indian and Chinese philosophy and religion and visual culture.

External activities

He is on the editorial board of Contemporary Buddhism (Taylor and Francis) and has acted as a peer reviewer for various academic journals and publishers.

Publications and research outputs


Buddhism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation
. Routledge, 2017.

Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation. A Philosophical Study. Aldershot: Ashgate Publications, 2004.

Emptiness Appraised. A Critical Study of Nagarjuna's Philosophy. London: Curzon, 1999.


'Language and Reality in Buddhism. The Case for Moderate Linguistic Optimism' in The Philosophy of Language and Communication. An Anthology. Nirmalya Chakraborty (ed.) Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, 2014.

'Emptiness in Indian Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy' in Steven Emmanuel (ed) A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, 151-164 .

'A Buddhist Perspective' in Chad Meister (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, 321-336.

'Curing Diseases of Belief and Desire: Buddhist Philosophical Therapy' in Jonardon Ganeri and Clare Carlisle (eds), Philosophy as Therapeia: Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement: 66, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 187-218.

'Buddhism' in Chad Meister and Paul Copan (eds) The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, London: Routledge, 2007, 16-27.  


'Fire, Water and the Goddess. The Films of Deepa Mehta and Satyjit Ray as Critiques of patriarchy in Hinduism'. Journal of Religion and Film 17 (2), 2013. Available at:

'Unconscious Beliefs in Buddhist Philosophy. A Comparative Perspective.' Contemporary Buddhism 6 (2), 2005, 117-130.

'Knowledge and Liberation. Philosophical Ruminations on a Buddhist Conundrum.' Philosophy East and West52 (3), 2002, 326-45.

'Is Madhyamaka Buddhism Really the Middle Way? Emptiness and the Problem of Nihilism.' Contemporary Buddhism2 (2), 2001, 177-190.

'Wisdom Beyond Words? Ineffability in Madhyamaka and Yogacara Buddhism.' Contemporary Buddhism1 (1), 2000, 53-76.

Book review:

'Moonpaths: Ethics and Emptiness', Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research 33(3), 519-522.


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