This book examines and compares the philosophical positions of
various postmodern thinkers and Zen Buddhist philosophers on:
language and play; modes of thinking; skepticism and doubt; self
and other; time and death; nihilism and metaphysics; and the
conception of the end of philosophy. The Zen thinkers dealt with
are Dogen and Nishitani, and the Western thinkers are Derrida,
Lacan, Heidegger, Lyotard, Foucault, Deleuze and Guatarri,
Kristeva, and Levinas. Although each share similar notions
concerning the shortcomings of representational thinking, major
differences still exist. By clarifying these differences, Olson
counters the tendency to overtly assert or covertly imply that
postmodern and Zen philosophies are moving in the same direction.
"The book is fascinating I was so excited by this work that I
could hardly bear to put it down. Every page is replete with fresh
insight. It is rare to discover a writer who is not only
conversant, but also clearly expert in both the postmodern
approaches Zen traditions.
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