Zen and the Art of Postmodern Philosophy: Two Paths of Liberation from the Representational Mode of Thinking Paperback – 24 Aug 2000
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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 and Zen traditions. Olson s scholarship is impressive. His competent and detailed analyses elucidate both traditions. One can never approach either tradition in the same way again.
The book approaches representational dualism with penetration and depth, and helpfully illuminates both the postmodern and the Zen traditions. The issues it deals with are central both to the Western tradition of postmodernism and to the East Asian tradition of Zen Buddhism. Olson s book could easily become a standard in the field of comparative philosophy. Steven W. Laycock, author of Mind as Mirror and the Mirroring of Mind: Buddhist Reflections on Western Phenomenology"
About the Author
Carl Olson is Professor of Religious Studies at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. His previous books include The Indian Renouncer and Postmodern Poison: A Cross-Cultural Encounter and The Theology and Philosophy of Eliade: A Search for the Centre.