Critical Buddhism-Engaging with Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought

Critical Buddhism-Engaging with Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought

by James Mark Shields
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1409417980

ISBN-13: 9781409417989

Pub. Date: 03/11/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the relative calm world of Japanese Buddhist scholarship was thrown into chaos with the publication of several works by Buddhist scholars Hakamaya Noriaki and Matsumoto Shiro,
dedicated to the promotion of something they called Critical Buddhism (hihan bukkyo). In their quest to re-establish a "true" - rational, ethical and

Overview

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the relative calm world of Japanese Buddhist scholarship was thrown into chaos with the publication of several works by Buddhist scholars Hakamaya Noriaki and Matsumoto Shiro,
dedicated to the promotion of something they called Critical Buddhism (hihan bukkyo). In their quest to re-establish a "true" - rational, ethical and humanist - form of East Asian Buddhism, the Critical Buddhists undertook a radical deconstruction of historical and contemporary East Asian Buddhism, particularly Zen. While their controversial work has received some attention in English-language scholarship, this is the first book-length treatment of Critical Buddhism as both a philosophical and religious movement, where the lines between scholarship and practice blur. Providing a critical and constructive analysis of Critical Buddhism, particularly the epistemological categories of critica and topica, this book examines contemporary theories of knowledge and ethics in order to situate Critical Buddhism within modern Japanese and Buddhist thought as well as in relation to current trends in contemporary Western thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781409417989
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/11/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Buddhism, criticism and postwar Japan; The roots of 'topicalism'; Problems in modern Zen thought; Criticism as anamnesis; Radical contingency and compassion; Bibliography; Index.

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