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Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers: Dialogues on the Margins of Culture

Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers: Dialogues on the Margins of Culture

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Item Code: IDE503

by Carl Olson

Hardcover (Edition: 2002)

Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195653904

Language: English
Size: 8.8" X 5.7"
Pages: 346
Price: $36.50
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This thought-provoking study is a welcome addition to the discipline of comparative philosophy. In a unique scholarly under-taking, Classical as well as contemporary Indian Philosophies and their authors engage in a hermeneutical dialogue with western postmodernism.

The book takes as its central theme the cornerstone of postmodern thought: its attack on rationalist and representation. I modes of thinking, and its radical questioning of the place of reason in philosophy. The theme is informed and developed through a cross-cultural exchange on a number of subjects. These range from desire, suffering, abjection, and death to the nature of being and the self, and the nature of language and writing. Thus, on the subject of desire for example, the Upanisads and Nikaya Buddhism come into contact with Deleuze and Guattari, while the discussion of language and writing sets Derrida against early Buddhism and Abhinavagupta.

Carl Olson brings a variety of thinkers and divergent traditions of thought into a lucid, penetrating debate, which serves to remind us that classical Indian philosophy is not a dead cultural artifact, but has enduring intellectual value. A significant contribution to the field of comparative philosophy in India and abroad, this book will be read with great interest by students and scholars of philosophy, as well as the general reader interested in Indian and Western thought.

About the Author:

Carl Olson is Professor of Religious Studies at Allegheny College, Philadelphia, USA. He is the author of numerous books including The Mysterious Play of Kali: An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna (1990) and The Indian Renouncer and Postmodern Poison: A Cross Cultural Encounter (1997).

CONTENTS

Preface
List of Abbreviations
1.BEGINNINGS AND MARGINS
Comparative Philosophy, Dialogue, and Margins 2
Recent Approaches to Comparative Philosophy 11
The Challenge of Orientalism 15
Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers 24
2
2.LANGUAGE AND WRITING
Nikaya Buddhism and Derrida 35
Sankara and Advaita Vedanta 39
Ramanuja and Visistadvaita 46
Abhinavagupta and Kashmir Saivism 51
The Liberating Power of the Mantra 56
Writing 59
Concluding Remarks 64
32
3.DESIRE
Desire, the Upanisads, and Anti-Oedipus 78
Nikaya Buddhism and Schizoanalysis 83
Sankara and Lacan 89
Abhinavagupta and Desire Transformed 93
Levinas, Aurobindo, and Radhakrishnan 97
Concluding Remarks 100
75
4.SUFFERING, ABJECTION AND DEATH
Suffering and Nikaya Buddhism 112
Abjection 117
Suffering and Abjection 121
The Abyss of Death 125
Suffering and Eroticism 130
Concluding Remarks 135
110
5.THE DISAPPEARING SELF
Whatever Happened to the Self? 143
Self and Body 149
Otherwise Than Non-Self 154
Difference and Presence 160
Identity and Self-Recognition 165
Concluding Remarks 168
142
6.DIFFERENCE AND IDENTITY
Differance and Difference 182
Brahman and Identity 190
The Living God and the Death of God 192
Pure Consciousness and Infinity 197
Traces of God 200
Difference and Identity 206
180
7.ONTOLOGY AND ALTERITY
Existence and Existent 220
Presence and Trace 224
The Face of Alterity 227
Being and Alterity 231
Concluding Remarks 234
215
8.RATIONALITY AND MADNESS
The Principle of Reason 248
Reason and Scepticism 253
The Embrace of Dionysus 259
Concluding Remarks 265
243
9.ENDINGS
A Dialogical Retrospective 273
Truth, Meaning, and the Real 282
Postmodernism and Nihilism 287
When the End Is Not an Ending 291
272
Bibliography297
Index321

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