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Nothing

Three Inquiries in Buddhism

Marcus Boon, Eric Cazdyn, and Timothy Morton

Nothing

Marcus Boon, Eric Cazdyn, and Timothy Morton

296 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9780226233260 Published October 2015
Cloth $72.00 ISBN: 9780226233123 Published October 2015
E-book $10.00 to $24.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226233437 Published October 2015
Though contemporary European philosophy and critical theory have long had a robust engagement with Christianity, there has been no similar engagement with Buddhism—a surprising lack, given Buddhism’s global reach and obvious affinities with much of Continental philosophy. This volume fills that gap, focusing on “nothing”—essential to Buddhism, of course, but also a key concept in critical theory from Hegel and Marx through deconstruction, queer theory, and contemporary speculative philosophy. Through an elaboration of emptiness in both critical and Buddhist traditions; an examination of the problem of praxis in Buddhism, Marxism, and psychoanalysis; and an explication of a “Buddhaphobia” that is rooted in modern anxieties about nothingness, Nothing opens up new spaces in which the radical cores of Buddhism and critical theory are renewed and revealed.
Review Quotes
Choice
Nothing is wide-ranging, and the essays are rich and well researched, drawing on all sides, including analytic philosophical approaches to Buddhism.”
Speculative Non-Buddhism
“A serious and significant engagement with critical theory and Buddhism.”
Avital Ronell, New York University
“I have contemplated and endured ‘nothing’ for so long that it did not seem right to break my practice or offer other readers something like insight, possibly a moment of sense making and affirmation. But I break out of my trance to assert the emphatic necessity of this book, so erudite without loading us down, relentless in its ability to resignify. Sassy, brilliant, a genuine engagement with and of thought, this work tunes us to a thrilling, endorphinating way of thinking: my drug of choice.”
Alphonso Lingis, Pennsylvania State University
“The reader will delight in two important aspects of Nothing: a multitude of contemporary Buddhist responses to the great political and social changes that have affected Asian countries—imperialism, colonialism, communism, corporate capitalism—and rigorous elaboration of Lacanian psychoanalysis with Buddhist psychology. This book is exceptional.”
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