Nova Publishers
My Account Nova Publishers Shopping Cart
HomeBooksSeriesJournalsReference CollectionseBooksInformationSalesImprintsFor Authors
  Top » Catalog » Books » My Account  |  Cart Contents  |  Checkout   
Quick Find
Use keywords to find the product you are looking for.
Advanced Search
What's New? more
A Closer Look at Climate Change
Shopping Cart more
0 items
Shipping & Returns
Privacy Notice
Conditions of Use
Contact Us
Notifications more
NotificationsNotify me of updates to From Zen to Phenomenology
Tell A Friend
Tell someone you know about this product.
From Zen to Phenomenology
Retail Price: $95.00
10% Online Discount
You Pay:

Authors: Algis Mickunas (Professor Emeritus, Ohio University, Athens, GA, USA, and others) 
Book Description:
The encounter between Japan and the West posed a question as to whether there can be any mutual understanding between such seemingly different civilizations. Japanese intellectuals came to Europe to study Western thinking and found that the prevalent positivism and pragmatism were inadequate, and turned to phenomenology as a way of dealing with awareness, unavailable in other Western philosophical trends. Japanese opened a “dialogue” with such thinkers as Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger; this text is an explication of this “dialogue”..

From Zen to Phenomenology opens the essential dimensions of transcendental phenomenology and the way of Zen in order to disclose the conjunction between these two “schools” of awareness. The research offered in the text traces the origins of Zen to the Buddhist Nagarjuna, presenting his arguments that all explanatory claims of awareness are “empty”. In Zen, the phenomenon of emptiness is a “place holder” depicted as basho where anything can appear without obstructions. The task, in the text, is to show how such a “place” can be reached by excluding claims by some Japanese and Western scholars as to the “aims” of Zen. The introduction of “aims” is equally an obstruction and must be avoided, just as an attachment to a specific Zen “school” is to be discarded.

Phenomenological analyses of time awareness show the presence of a domain which is composed of flux and permanence such that both aspects are given as empty “place holders” for any possible reality of any culture. The awareness of these aspects is neither one nor the other, and hence can appear through both as “primal” symbols fluctuating one through the other. If we say that everything changes, we encounter the permanence of this claim, and if we say that everything is permanent, we encounter an effort to maintain such permanence – both disclosing a “movement” between them, comprising a “place” for any understanding of a world explicated in any culture. This is the domain where Zen and transcendental phenomenology find their “groundless ground”. (Nova)

Book Review

Michael W. Purdy, Emeritus Professor, College of Arts & Science, Governors State University of Illinois, IL, USA. To read the review, click here.

We’ve partnered with Copyright Clearance Center to make it easy for you to request permissions to reuse Nova content.
For more information, click here or click the "Get Permission" button below to link directly to this book on Copyright Clearance Center's website.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Japan and Zen (pp. 1-24)

Chapter 2. Zen and the West (pp. 25-56)

Chapter 3. India and Zen (pp. 57-80)

Chapter 4. Zazen (pp. 81-108)

Chapter 5. Awareness and Self (pp. 109-126)

Chapter 6. Upsurging Awarenesss (pp. 127-156)

Conclusion (pp. 157-160)

About the Author (pp. 161-164)

Index (pp. 165)

Total Pages: 170

      Contemporary Cultural Studies
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2018 - May
   ISBN: 978-1-53613-232-8
   Status: AV
Status Code Description
AN Announcing
FM Formatting
PP Page Proofs
FP Final Production
EP Editorial Production
PR At Prepress
AP At Press
AV Available
Special Focus Titles
01.Violent Communication and Bullying in Early Childhood Education
02.The New Science of Curiosity
03.Cultural Considerations in Intervention with Women and Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence
04.Chronic Disease and Disability: The Pediatric Lung
05.Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Health: New Research
06.Future Perspectives on Nigella sativa: Characterization and Pharmacological Properties
07.Wine and Winemaking: The Value and Efficiency
08.Impacts and Challenges in Oil Palm Cultivation and Downstream Applications of Biomass
09.Fire and the Sword: Understanding the Impact and Challenge of Organized Islamism. Volume 2
10.The Life and Times of the World's Most Famous Mathematicians
11.Innovation Processes in the Social Space of the Organization
12.High-Strength Steels: New Trends in Production and Applications

Nova Science Publishers
© Copyright 2004 - 2018

From Zen to Phenomenology