Evil and/or/as the Good: Omnicentrism, Intersubjectivity, and Value Paradox in Tiantai Buddhist Thought

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Overview


"Other than the devil, there is no Buddha; other than the Buddha, there is no devil." The Chinese monk Siming Zhili (960-1028) uttered this remark as part of his justification for his self-immolation. An exposition of the intent, implications, and resonances of this one sentence, this book expands and unravels the context in which the seeming paradox of the ultimate identity of good and evil is to be understood. In analyzing this idea, Brook Ziporyn provides an overview of the development of Tiantai thought from the fifth through the eleventh centuries in China and contributes to our understanding of Chinese intellectual culture and Chinese Buddhism, as well as to basic ontological, epistemological, and axiological issues of interest in modern philosophy.
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Meet the Author

Brook Ziporyn is Assistant Professor of Asian Religion and Philosophy at Northwestern University.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Question

2. Value, Intersubjectivity, and Holism: Philosophical Parameters and the Chinese Background

3. Value and Anti-value in Indian Buddhism

4. Tiantai Basics: Omnicentric Holism

5. Intersubjectivity in the Tiantai Tradition as Understood by Zhili

6. Value and Anti-value in Tiantai Thought

7. What's So Good About Evil: Conclusions and Implications

Notes

Bibliography

Glossary

Index

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