Going beyond the Pairs: The Coincidence of Opposites in German Romanticism, Zen, and Deconstruction

Going beyond the Pairs: The Coincidence of Opposites in German Romanticism, Zen, and Deconstruction

by Dennis McCort
     
 

In Going beyond the Pairs, Dennis McCort examines the theme of the coincidentia oppositorum—the tendency of a thing or relationship to turn, under certain conditions, into its own opposite—as it is expressed in German Romanticism, Zen Buddhism, and deconstruction. McCort argues that the coincidentia can be useful for understanding and comparing a variety… See more details below

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In Going beyond the Pairs, Dennis McCort examines the theme of the coincidentia oppositorum—the tendency of a thing or relationship to turn, under certain conditions, into its own opposite—as it is expressed in German Romanticism, Zen Buddhism, and deconstruction. McCort argues that the coincidentia can be useful for understanding and comparing a variety of cultural forms, including systems of myth, religions ancient and modern, laws of social organization, speculative philosophies East and West, psychological theories and therapeutic practices, and dynamic organizing principles of music, art, and literature. The book touches on a variety of Western and Eastern writers and thinkers, including Thomas Merton, Jacques Derrida, Nishida Kitaro, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Franz Kafka, Novalis, Renzai Zen, J. D. Salinger, and the mysterious, doughnut-loving editor of the medieval Chinese koan collection, Mumonkan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791450024
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Overview

1. Figure: What Is German Romanticism (noch einmal), or The Limits of Scholarship

2. Merton's “Rilke,” Rilke's “Merton”: From an Unpublished Notebook

3. Killing Kafka Koans: West Meets East

4. Interface: Identity/Difference/Prestidigitation

5. East Meets West: Zen and Rilke in Salinger's Catcher

6. Without an Object, without a Subject: The Consciousness of Franklin Merrell-Wolff

7. Ground: German Romanticism, Zen, and Deconstruction

Appendix

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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