In Nietzche and Other Buddhas , author Jason M. Wirth brings major East Asian Buddhist thinkers into radical dialogue with key Continental philosophers through a series of exercises that pursue what is traditionally called comparative or intercultural philosophy as he reflects on what makes such exercises possible and intelligible. The primary questions he asks are: How does this particular engagement and confrontation challenge and radicalize what is sometimes called comparative or intercultural philosophy? How does this task reconsider what is meant by philosophy? The confrontations that Wirth sets up between Dogen, Hakuin, Linji, Shinran, Nietzsche, and Deleuze ask readers to think more philosophically and globally about the nature of philosophy in general and comparative philosophy in particular. He opens up a new and challenging space of thought in and between the cutting edges of Western Continental philosophy and East Asian Buddhist practice.
About the Author
Jason M. Wirth is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University. He is author of Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dōgen in an Age of Ecological Crisis; Commiserating with Devastated Things: Milan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking; and Schelling’s Practice of the Wild: Time, Art, Imagination. He is editor of (with Bret W. Davis and Brian Schroeder) Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Philosophy after Comparative Philosophy
1. Thinking about Nietzsche and Zen
2. Strange Saints (Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Hakuin)
3. Convalescence (Nietzsche, James, Hakuin)
4. Nietzsche in the Pure Land (Nietzsche, Shinran, Tanabe)
5. Planomenal Nourishment (Nietzsche, Deleuze, Dōgen)
Concluding Thoughts: Pure Experience and Philosophy after Comparative Philosophy
What People are Saying About This
By probing the relationship between the extra-philosophical grounds of philosophy and philosophy itself, Jason M. Wirth puts forward a fundamental meditation on the origin and nature of philosophical activity. Rather than an exercise in comparative philosophy in the traditional sense, he reflects on what makes comparative philosophy possible and intelligible.
The field of comparative or intercultural philosophy is growing steadily, and Jason M. Wirth’s excellent work of scholarship is based on thorough research across several fields of philosophy and contains a host of original insights and good ideas.