Buddhism and Postmodernity: Zen, Huayan, and the Possibility of Buddhist Postmodern Ethics [NOOK Book]

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Buddhism and Postmodernity is a response to some of the questions that have emerged in the process of Buddhism's encounters with modernity and the West. Jin Y. Park broadly outlines these questions as follows: first, why are the interpretations and evaluations of Buddhism so different in Europe (in the nineteenth century), in the United States (in the twentieth century), and in traditional Asia; second, why does Zen Buddhism, which offers a radically egalitarian vision, maintain a strongly authoritarian ...
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Buddhism and Postmodernity: Zen, Huayan, and the Possibility of Buddhist Postmodern Ethics

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Overview

Buddhism and Postmodernity is a response to some of the questions that have emerged in the process of Buddhism's encounters with modernity and the West. Jin Y. Park broadly outlines these questions as follows: first, why are the interpretations and evaluations of Buddhism so different in Europe (in the nineteenth century), in the United States (in the twentieth century), and in traditional Asia; second, why does Zen Buddhism, which offers a radically egalitarian vision, maintain a strongly authoritarian leadership; and third, what ethical paradigm can be drawn from the Buddhist-postmodern form of philosophy? Park argues that, as unrelated as these questions may seem, the issues that have generated them are related to perennial philosophical themes of identity, institutional power, and ethics, respectively. Each of these themes constitutes one section of Buddhism and Postmodernity. Park discusses the three issues in the book through the exploration of the Buddhist concepts of self and others, language and thinking, and universality and particularities. Most of this discussion is drawn from the East Asian Buddhist traditions of Zen and Huayan Buddhism in connection with the Continental philosophies of postmodernism, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. Self-critical from both the Buddhist and Western philosophical perspectives, Buddhism and Postmodernity points the reader toward a new understanding of Buddhist philosophy and offers a Buddhist-postmodern ethical paradigm that challenges normative ethics of metaphysical traditions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739164273
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 338
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jin Y. Park is associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Part One. Centripetality: Buddhism and Metaphysics
Chapter 3 The Silence of the Buddha
Chapter 4 Hegel and Buddhism
Chapter 5 The Logic of Nothing and A-Metaphysics
Part 6 Part Two. Centrifugality: Language and Violence
Chapter 7 Language and Thinking: Subjectivity and Zen Huatou Meditation
Chapter 8 Thinking and Violence: Zen Hermeneutics
Chapter 9 Violence Institutionalized: The Social Dimension of Zen Language
Part 10 Part Three. The Tension: Buddhism and the Politics of Postmodernity
Chapter 11 Modernity, Postmodernity, and the Question of Legitimation
Chapter 12 Postmodern Small Discourses and the Huayan World of Mutually Non-interfering Phenomena
Chapter 13 Envisioning Zen Ethics through Huayan Phenomenology
Chapter 14 The Ethics of Tension: Toward Buddhist Deconstructive Ethics
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