Nietzsche and Zen

Nietzsche and Zen : Self-Overcoming without a Self

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In Nietzsche and Zen: Self-Overcoming without a Self, Andre van der Braak juxtaposes Nietzsche with four influential representatives of the Buddhist Zen tradition: Nagarjuna, Linji, Dogen, and Nishitani. In doing so, he reveals Nietzschean philosophy as a philosophy of continuous self-overcoming, in which even the notion of "self" is overcome, and allows a greater understanding of Nietzsche through the lens of Zen and vice versa. This treatment will be useful to Nietzsche scholars, continental philosophers, and comparative philosophers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073916550X
  • 9780739165508
  • 1,089,198

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: a Summary of Arguments Part 3 Part 1. Setting the Stage Chapter 4 Chapter 1. Nietzsche's Buddhism Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Nietzsche and Zen - Previous Research Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Nietzsche and Zen as Philosophies of Self-overcoming Part 7 Part 2. Practices of Self-Overcoming Chapter 8 Chapter 4. Nietzsche and Nagarjuna on the Self-overcoming of the Will to Truth Chapter 9 Chapter 5. Nietzsche and Linji on Truth as Embodiment Chapter 10 Chapter 6. Nietzsche and Dogen on the Self-cultivation of the Body Chapter 11 Chapter 7. The Self-overcoming of the Ego Part 12 Part 3. Enlightenment Chapter 13 Chapter 8. The Self-overcoming of Redemption and Enlightenment Chapter 14 Chapter 9. The Child Chapter 15 Chapter 10. Nishitani on Nietzsche: the Self-overcoming of the Will to Power Part 16 Part 4. The Self-overcoming of Philosophy Chapter 17 Chapter 11. Exoteric and Esoteric Chapter 18 Chapter 12. Revaluation of All Values Chapter 19 Epilogue: Toward a Philosophy of the Future
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The great merit of his study lies in bringing together two different positions, one from the West and one from the East; one being a specific thinker, Nietzsche, the other a whole tradition, represented by Nagarjuna, Linji, Dogen and Keiji Nishitani, who did not know of each other (except Nishitani), revealing many parallels and deep relations, which are very helpful in clarifying each other and attest all the more for their validity and value as they come from very different backgrounds and are couched in different languages and styles. Frontiers of Philosophy in China This is a timely and important book. Andre Van der Braak does an impressive job of gathering together the variety of comparative work previously done on Zen and Nietzsche and moving the discussion forward in lucid and compelling ways. Nietzsche and Zen does not limit itself to exploring surprising similarities between this provocative European philosopher and this radical East Asian Buddhist tradition; it stages a friendly contest in which their legacies are allowed to join hands and challenge one another to proceed still further down their paths of self-overcoming. -- Bret W. Davis, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland This is the first book-length, scholarly study of Nietzsche and Zen, and it makes an auspicious and constructive start. The research behind the reading of Nietzsche is judicious and comprehensive, and the insights into the Zen ideas come across as informed by practice. Highly recommended. -- Graham Parkes, Professor of Philosophy, University College Cork We finally have in our hands the first comprehensive philosophical study of Nietzsche and Zen. Andre Van der Braak's Nietzsche and Zen: Self-overcoming Without a Self is a thoughtful meditation on doing intercultural philosophy in a Nietzschean way. Nietzsche ultimately seeks a 'way-knowing' more similar to Buddhism and Daoism than the truth-seeking of his own philosophical tradition. This book situates Nietzsche in an intercultural context that clearly resonates with his own way of knowing. Van der Braak's Nietzsche and Zen is not only much needed-it represents a serious contribution to comparative philosophy. -- David Jones, Kennesaw State University
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About Andre Van Der Braak

Andre van der Braak is research associate at Radboud University, Nijmegen.
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