Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers: Dialogues on the Margins of Culture

Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers: Dialogues on the Margins of Culture

by Carl Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195653904

ISBN-13: 9780195653908

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


This work presents a dialogue between classical and contemporary Indian and postmodern thinkers. Juxtaposing the diverse perspectives of Indian philosophers and philosophies, including Buddhism, Sankara, and Radhakrishnan, and western postmodern thinkers such as Lacan and Derrida, Olson addresses topics such as desire, suffering, the self, and identity.  See more details below

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This work presents a dialogue between classical and contemporary Indian and postmodern thinkers. Juxtaposing the diverse perspectives of Indian philosophers and philosophies, including Buddhism, Sankara, and Radhakrishnan, and western postmodern thinkers such as Lacan and Derrida, Olson addresses topics such as desire, suffering, the self, and identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195653908
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
1Beginnings and Margins
Comparative Philosophy, Dialogue, and Margins2
Recent Approaches to Comparative Philosophy11
The Challenge of Orientalism15
Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers24
2Language and Writing32
Nikaya Buddhism and Derrida35
Sankara and Advaita Vedanta39
Ramanuja and Visistadvaita46
Abhinavagupta and Kashmir Saivism51
The Liberating Power of the Mantra56
Writing59
3Desire75
Desire, the Upanisads, and Anti-Oedipus78
Nikaya Buddhism and Schizoanalysis83
Sankara and Lacan89
Abhinavagupta and Desire Transformed93
Levinas, Aurobindo, and Radhakrishnan97
4Suffering, Abjection and Death110
Suffering and Nikaya Buddhism112
Abjection117
Suffering and Abjection121
The Abyss of Death125
Suffering and Eroticism130
5The Disappearing Self142
Whatever Happened to the Self?143
Self and Body149
Otherwise Than Non-Self154
Difference and Presence160
Identity and Self-Recognition165
6Difference and Identity180
Difference and Difference182
Brahman and Identity190
The Living God and the Death of God192
Pure Consciousness and Infinity197
Traces of God200
Difference and Identity206
7Ontology and Alterity215
Existence and Existent220
Presence and Trace224
The Face of Alterity227
Being and Alterity231
8Rationality and Madness243
The Principle of Reason248
Reason and Scepticism253
The Embrace of Dionysus259
9Endings272
A Dialogical Retrospective273
Truth, Meaning, and the Real282
Postmodernism and Nihilism287
When the End Is Not an Ending291
Bibliography297
Index321

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