Though contemporary European philosophy and critical theory have long had a robust engagement with Christianity, there has been no similar engagement with Buddhism-a surprising lack, given Buddhism's global reach and obvious affinities with much of Continental philosophy. This volume fills that gap, bringing together three scholars to offer individual, distinct, yet complementary philosophical takes on Buddhism. Focused on "nothing"-essential to Buddhism, of course, but also a key concept in critical theory from Hegel and Marx through deconstruction, queer theory, and contemporary speculative philosophy-the book explores different ways of rethinking Buddhism's nothing. Through an elaboration of "sunyata," or emptiness, in both critical and Buddhist traditions; an examination of the problem of praxis in Buddhism, Marxism, and psychoanalysis; and an explication of a "Buddaphobia" that is rooted in modern anxieties about nothingness, Marcus Boon, Eric Cazdyn, and Timothy Morton open up new spaces in which the radical cores of Buddhism and critical theory are renewed and revealed.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 218 x 145 x 23 mm
I have contemplated and endured nothing for so long that it did not seem right to break my practice or offer other readers something like insight, possibly a moment of sense making and affirmation. But I break out of my trance to assert theemphatic necessityof this book, so erudite without loading us down, relentless in its ability to resignify. Sassy, brilliant, a genuine engagement with and of thought, this work tunes us to a thrilling, endorphinating way of thinking: my drug of choice. --Avital Ronell, New York University"
The reader will delight in two important aspects of Nothing a multitude of contemporary Buddhist responses to the great political and social changes that have affected Asian countries imperialism, colonialism, communism, corporate capitalism and rigorous elaboration of Lacanian psychoanalysis with Buddhist psychology. This book is exceptional. --Alphonso Lingis, Pennsylvania State University"