Nietzsche and Buddhism: A Study in Nihilism and Ironic Affinities

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 250 pages
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Robert Morrison offers an illuminating comparative study of two linked and interacting traditions that have had great influence in twentieth-century thought: Buddhism and the philosophy of Nietzsche. Nietzsche saw a direct historical parallel between the cultural situation of his own time and of the India of the Buddha's age: the emergence of nihilism as a consequence of loss of traditional belief. Nietzsche's fear, still resonant today, was that Europe was about to enter a nihilistic era in which people, no longer able to believe in the old religious and moral values, would feel themselves adrift in a meaningless cosmos where life seems to have no particular purpose or end. Though he admired Buddhism as a noble and humane response to this situation, Nietzsche came to think that it was wrong in not seeking to overcome nihilism, and constituted a threat to the future of Europe.

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The affinities (ironic or otherwise) between Buddhism and Nietzsche are, prima facie, a fascinating topic for an academic study. It is certain that neither Nietzsche in his criticism of Buddhism, nor ... Read full review

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Robert G. Morrison is at University College, Chester.

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