Double Exposure: Cutting Across Buddhist and Western Discourses

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Stanford University Press, 2004 - Philosophy - 195 pages
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This book explores the possible relations between Western types of rationality and Buddhism. It also examines some clichés about Buddhism and questions the old antinomies of Western culture ("faith and reason," or "idealism and materialism"). The use of the Buddhist notion of the Two Truths as a hermeneutic device leads to a double or multiple exposure that will call into question our mental habits and force us to ask questions differently, to think "in a new key."

Double Exposure is somewhat of an oddity. Written by a specialist for nonspecialists, it is not a book of vulgarization. Although it aims at a better integration of Western and Buddhist thought, it is not an exercise in comparative philosophy or religion. It is neither a contribution to Buddhist scholarship in the narrow sense, nor a contribution to some vague Western "spirituality." Cutting across traditional disciplines and blurring established genres, it provides a leisurely but deeply insightful stroll through philosophical and literary texts, dreams, poetry, and paradoxes.

 

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Contents

Do We Know What Buddhism
1
Buddhism and Rationalities
18
Buddhism and Chinese Thought
49
A Hybrid Teaching
64
The Major Schools
86
Transcendental Concepts
101
Twofold Truth
125
External Thought
142
After
173
Bibliography
183
Index
191
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Bernard Faure is George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. He is the author, most recently, of The Will to Orthodoxy: A Critical Genealogy of Northern Chan Buddhism (Stanford1997).

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