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Park, Jin Y. and Gereon Kopf, ed., Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism



Dao (2012) 11:105­108 DOI 10.1007/s11712-011-9262-x Lanham: Lexington Books, 2010, 310 pages Published online: 13 January 2012 # Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012 This is a very timely collection of thirteen articles of intriguing philosophical encounters that cross boundaries of time and traditional frameworks: MerleauPonty and various Buddhist philosophers, classical and contemporary ones. The comparative themes and methods running through the volume are neither philosophically haphazard nor simply of historical interest, as is aptly emphasized by the editors in their introduction chapter entitled "Philosophy, Nonphilosophy, and Comparative Philosophy": "This volume inherits Merleau-Ponty's legacy of challenging the border that compartmentalizes philosophy and groups it into different camps of philosophy and nonphilosophy, Eastern and Western philosophies.... To think `about' philosophy and its outside, then, as Merleau-Ponty proves, is not one topic of philosophy but directly related to philosophizing itself" (2). The volume is divided into three parts: Part I "Body: Self in the Flesh of the World," Part II "Space: Thinking and Being in the Chiasm of Visibility," and Part III "The World: Ethics of Emptiness, Ethics of the Flesh." Most of the contributions agree that there are seminal similarities between Merleau-Ponty's body-centered philosophy as epitomized by the notion of the



DaoSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2012

DOI: 10.1007/s11712-011-9262-x

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