BOOK REV IEWS This book includes an excellent bibliography of literature in this newly emerging field. The Specter of Speciesism will be a standard reference for years to come, both for its content and its methodology. Christopher Key Chapple Loyola Marymount University ZEN AND THE ART OF POSTMODERN PHILOSOPHY: TWO PATHS OF LIBERATION FROM THE REPRESENTATIONAL MODE OF THINKING. By Carl Olson. New York: State University of New York Press, 2000. 309 pp. Carl Olson's Zen and the Art of Postmodern Philosophy compares two paths of liberation from the representational mode of thinking, namely, Zen Buddhism and postmodern philosophy. Olson is to be commended for encouraging this dialogue, especially since professors of religious studies usually marginalize Gallic postmodern thought. He is also to be appreciated for the enormous effort that must have been required to describe so much material. Olson treats Bataille, Baudrillard, Deleuze, Derrida, Guattari, Foucault, Kristeva, Lacan, Levinas, and Lyotard on the postmodern side; and Dogen, Hakuin, Nishitani, many Chinese Ch'anists, and some Indian Buddhists on the Buddhist side. His method is to arrange the chapters according to topoi such as "Language, Disruption, and Play," "Ways of Thinking," "The Body," and so on, and to treat
Buddhist-Christian Studies – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 10, 2004
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