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A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack (review)

A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack (review) translation and recontextualization that went on among these early Indologists, it is essential to know precisely what texts they were reading, and how they understood what they read. One painstaking study along these lines is Dorothy M. Figueira's Translating the Orient: The Reception of Sakuntala in Nineteenth Century Europe (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991). David R. Loy. A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack. SUNY Series in Religious Studies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002. Pp. vii þ 244. Reviewed by Gereon Kopf Nanzan University David Loy's most recent work, A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack, constitutes an intellectual history of Europe from what he calls a ``Buddhist perspective.'' His obvious goals in this book are (1) to develop a heuristic device, if not a mature methodology, out of the Buddhist intellectual tradition and to apply it to matters that are not necessarily related to the Buddhist tradition, and (2) to reread European history from a new standpoint. I have to confess that I am not a historian and thus cannot evaluate Loy's historical claims; however, from my perspective as a scholar of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 54 (4)

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translation and recontextualization that went on among these early Indologists, it is essential to know precisely what texts they were reading, and how they understood what they read. One painstaking study along these lines is Dorothy M. Figueira's Translating the Orient: The Reception of Sakuntala in Nineteenth Century Europe (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991). David R. Loy. A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack. SUNY Series in Religious Studies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002. Pp. vii þ 244. Reviewed by Gereon Kopf Nanzan University David Loy's most recent work, A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack, constitutes an intellectual history of Europe from what he calls a ``Buddhist perspective.'' His obvious goals in this book are (1) to develop a heuristic device, if not a mature methodology, out of the Buddhist intellectual tradition and to apply it to matters that are not necessarily related to the Buddhist tradition, and (2) to reread European history from a new standpoint. I have to confess that I am not a historian and thus cannot evaluate Loy's historical claims; however, from my perspective as a scholar of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, it

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