Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments with Tiantai Buddhism

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Open Court Publishing, 2004 - Philosophy - 452 pages
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Being and Ambiguity is a brilliant work of philosophy, filled with insights, jokes, and topical examples. Professor Ziporyn draws on the works of such Western thinkers as Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Freud, Sartre, and Hegel, but develops his main argument from Tiantai school of Chinese Buddhism. This important work introduces Tiantai Buddhism to the reader and demonstrates its relevance to profound philosophical issues.

Ziporyn argues that we can make both of the claims below simultaneously:
This book is about everything. It contains the answers to all philosophical problems which ever shall exist. This book is all claptrap. It is completely devoid of objective validity of any kind.

These claims are not contradictory. Rather, they state the same thing in two different ways. To be objective truth is to be subjective claptrap, and vise versa. All interchanges of any kind - conversations, daydreams, sensations - are not only about something but also about everything.

Thus, this book concerns itself with no less than the nature of what is and what it means for something to be what it is. It provides a new approach to the basic Western philosophical and psychological issues of identity, determinacy, being, desire, boredom, addiction, love and truth.
 

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Contents

PART
35
Setup and Punch Line as the Basic Categories
91
Categories and Inherent Entailment
109
PART
155
Being as Cunning Cunning
168
Cant Get NoSatisfaction 1 79
179
Subject and Object Punch Line and Setup
193
The Good as the Intersection of Two Impossibilities 21 5
215
PART THREE
313
Atomicity Otherness and Violence Costarring
322
Eroticism and Continuity with Bataille
350
Oneself as Ones
360
Beauty Harmony and the Mystical
369
Humor
381
Sex and Drugs
393
The Limits of Sublimation
405

Freedom
234
More about the Will
251
The Intersubsumption of Self
271
Ethical Layering
286
Sive
300
A Critique of Critique 41 7
417
Proof that All Previous Errors Have Spoken This
428
Invitation to a Recantation
439
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