Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism (Google eBook)

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Jin Y. Park, Gereon Kopf
Lexington Books, Aug 13, 2009 - Philosophy - 350 pages
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Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism explores a new mode of philosophizing through a comparative study of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology and philosophies of major Buddhist thinkers such as Nagarjuna, Chinul, Dogen, Shinran, and Nishida Kitaro. Challenging the dualistic paradigm of existing philosophical traditions, Merleau-Ponty proposes a philosophy in which the traditional opposites are encountered through mutual penetration. Likewise, a Buddhist worldview is articulated in the theory of dependent co-arising, or the middle path, which comprehends the world and beings in the third space, where the subject and the object, or eternalism and annihilation, exist independent of one another. The thirteen essays in this volume explore this third space in their discussions of Merleau-Ponty's concepts of the intentional arc, the flesh of the world, and the chiasm of visibility in connection with the Buddhist doctrine of no-self and the five aggregates, the Tiantai Buddhist concept of threefold truth, Zen Buddhist huatou meditation, the invocation of the Amida Buddha in True Pure Land Buddhism, and Nishida's concept of basho.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
SELF IN THE FLESH OF THE WORLD
15
Chapter 01 MerleauPontean Flesh and Its Buddhist Interpretation
17
Chapter 02 MerleauPontys Theory of the Body and the Doctrine of the Five Skandhas
45
Chapter 03 How the Tree Sees Me
61
Chapter 04 The Human Body as a Boundary Symbol
83
THINKING AND BEING IN THE CHIASM OF VISIBILITY
95
Chapter 05 The Double
97
ETHICS OF EMPTINESS ETHICS OF THE FLESH
181
Chapter 10 The Flesh of the World Is Emptiness and Emptiness Is the Flesh of the World and Their Ethical Implications
183
Chapter 11 MerleauPonty and Nāgārjuna
209
Chapter 12 KiEnergy
229
Chapter 13 MerleauPonty and Asian Philosophy
241
Notes
255
Glossary of East Asian Characters
283
Bibliography
291

Chapter 06 The Notion of the Words that Speak the Truth in MerleauPonty and Shinran
113
Chapter 07 Self in Space
133
Chapter 08 MerleauPonty Cézanne and the Basho of the Visible
141
Chapter 09 Place of Nothingness and the Dimension of Visibility
155
Index
301
About the Contributors
309
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Jin Y. Park is associate professor of philosophy and religion at American University. Gereon Kopf is associate professor of religion at Luther College.

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