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

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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.
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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

List of Abbreviations
1 Beginnings and Margins
Comparative Philosophy, Dialogue, and Margins 2
Recent Approaches to Comparative Philosophy 11
The Challenge of Orientalism 15
Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers 24
2 Language and Writing 32
Nikaya Buddhism and Derrida 35
Sankara and Advaita Vedanta 39
Ramanuja and Visistadvaita 46
Abhinavagupta and Kashmir Saivism 51
The Liberating Power of the Mantra 56
Writing 59
3 Desire 75
Desire, the Upanisads, and Anti-Oedipus 78
Nikaya Buddhism and Schizoanalysis 83
Sankara and Lacan 89
Abhinavagupta and Desire Transformed 93
Levinas, Aurobindo, and Radhakrishnan 97
4 Suffering, Abjection and Death 110
Suffering and Nikaya Buddhism 112
Abjection 117
Suffering and Abjection 121
The Abyss of Death 125
Suffering and Eroticism 130
5 The Disappearing Self 142
Whatever Happened to the Self? 143
Self and Body 149
Otherwise Than Non-Self 154
Difference and Presence 160
Identity and Self-Recognition 165
6 Difference and Identity 180
Difference and Difference 182
Brahman and Identity 190
The Living God and the Death of God 192
Pure Consciousness and Infinity 197
Traces of God 200
Difference and Identity 206
7 Ontology and Alterity 215
Existence and Existent 220
Presence and Trace 224
The Face of Alterity 227
Being and Alterity 231
8 Rationality and Madness 243
The Principle of Reason 248
Reason and Scepticism 253
The Embrace of Dionysus 259
9 Endings 272
A Dialogical Retrospective 273
Truth, Meaning, and the Real 282
Postmodernism and Nihilism 287
When the End Is Not an Ending 291
Bibliography 297
Index 321
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