Working Emptiness: Toward a Third Reading of Emptiness in Buddhism and Postmodern Thought

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Newman Robert Glass argues that there are three workings of emptiness capable of grounding thinking and behavior: presence, difference, and essence. The first two readings, exemplified by Heidegger and Mark C. Taylor respectively, present opposing views of the work of emptiness in thinking. The third, essence, presents a position on the work of emptiness in desire and affect. Glass begins by offering a close analysis of presence and difference. He then fashions his own understanding of essence, or emptiness. He ...

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Newman Robert Glass argues that there are three workings of emptiness capable of grounding thinking and behavior: presence, difference, and essence. The first two readings, exemplified by Heidegger and Mark C. Taylor respectively, present opposing views of the work of emptiness in thinking. The third, essence, presents a position on the work of emptiness in desire and affect. Glass begins by offering a close analysis of presence and difference. He then fashions his own understanding of essence, or emptiness. He goes on to use this third reading to construct a comprehensive Buddhist position based in desire and affect — a Buddhism of essence.

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Steven Heine
...[Helps] resuscitate the comparative philosophical approach by critically examining sources of the Buddhist traditionparticularly Japanese Zenin light of a juxtaposition with appropriately corresponding examples of Western thought....[D]oes a commendable job of relentlessly pursuing in contemplative philosophical fashion a sophisticated theoretical discussion of the doctrine of emptiness in a way that challenges the easy assumptions of many interpreters. —Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Steven Heine
...[Helps] resuscitate the comparative philosophical approach by critically examining sources of the Buddhist tradition, particularly Japanese Zen, in light of a juxtaposition with appropriately corresponding examples of Western thought....[D]oes a commendable job of relentlessly pursuing in contemplative philosophical fashion a sophisticated theoretical discussion of the doctrine of emptiness in a way that challenges the easy assumptions of many interpreters.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Ch. 1 Working Emptiness 1
Ch. 2 The Working of Presence: Heidegger, Presence and Co-Dependent Arising 15
Ch. 3 The Working of Difference: Marc C. Taylor, Difference and Dependent Arising 37
Ch. 4 The Working of Essence: Tathagatagarbha Thought, Dogen Kigen and Buddha Nature 61
Ch. 5 Constructing a Philosophy of Essence: Reading Buddhism through the Two Natures of Desire 83
Ch. 6 Distillations 101
Endnotes 109
Bibliography 133
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