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Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought by Eric S. Nelson (review)

Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought by Eric S. Nelson (review) BOOK REVIEW Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought. By Eric S. Nelson. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. Pp. x + 344. Hardcover $114.00. ISBN 978-1-3500-0255-5. Reviewed by David Chai Chinese University of Hong Kong davidchai@cuhk.edu.hk Eric Nelson’s Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought opens with the following: “The work before you is an interpretive journey through the historical reception of Chinese and Buddhist philosophy in modern German thought, focusing in particular--albeit not exclusively--on the early twentieth century. Its intent is to describe and analyze the intertextual nexus of intersecting sources for the sake of elucidating implications and critical models for intercultural hermeneutics and intercultural philosophy. The possibility of such a philosophy is confronted by the persistent myth and prejudice that philosophy is and can only be a unique and exclusive Western spiritual achievement” (p. 1). The book is directed by “the question of who can philosophize, and who counts as a philosopher” (p. 2), a quintessential question indeed, but I wonder if it dawned on Nelson that this question never occurred to the people of Asia, rendering it an exclusively Western line of approach. The same can be said when Nelson writes: “The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought by Eric S. Nelson (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 68 (3) – Aug 8, 2018

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BOOK REVIEW Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought. By Eric S. Nelson. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. Pp. x + 344. Hardcover $114.00. ISBN 978-1-3500-0255-5. Reviewed by David Chai Chinese University of Hong Kong davidchai@cuhk.edu.hk Eric Nelson’s Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought opens with the following: “The work before you is an interpretive journey through the historical reception of Chinese and Buddhist philosophy in modern German thought, focusing in particular--albeit not exclusively--on the early twentieth century. Its intent is to describe and analyze the intertextual nexus of intersecting sources for the sake of elucidating implications and critical models for intercultural hermeneutics and intercultural philosophy. The possibility of such a philosophy is confronted by the persistent myth and prejudice that philosophy is and can only be a unique and exclusive Western spiritual achievement” (p. 1). The book is directed by “the question of who can philosophize, and who counts as a philosopher” (p. 2), a quintessential question indeed, but I wonder if it dawned on Nelson that this question never occurred to the people of Asia, rendering it an exclusively Western line of approach. The same can be said when Nelson writes: “The

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