The Formless Self


Bringing together the depth insights of eastern and western traditions, this book places the topic of the self in a new context.
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Bringing together the depth insights of eastern and western traditions, this book places the topic of the self in a new context.
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Discusses the thought of the Japanese Buddhist philosophers Dogen, Hisamatsu, and Nishitani, and develops ideas about the self culminating in the concept of the Formless Self the three articulated. Stambaugh (philosophy, City U. of New York) finds that Oriental nothingness has nothing to do with the western concept of nihilism as expressed in the 19th and 20th centuries, but is a positive phenomenon enabling things to be. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791441503
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents



1. Dogen

The Question of the Self
Activity of the Self
The Self as Illusion and Enlightenment
The Self as Buddha-nature
Temporality and Impermanence

2. Hisamatsu

Dialogues with Tillich
Oriental Nothingness
The Formless Self
"Critique of the 'Unconscious'"

3. Nishitani

The Self-Overcoming of Nihilism
Religion and Nothingness




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