Wittgenstein and Zen Buddhism:One Practice, No Dogma

Read, Rupert (2009) Wittgenstein and Zen Buddhism:One Practice, No Dogma. In: Pointing at the Moon. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 13-24. ISBN 9780195381559

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Abstract

This chapter addresses homologies between Wittgenstein's account of philosophical practice in both the Tractatus and the Investigations with accounts of practice in Zen. The chapter argues that both Wittgenstein and such Zen thinkers as Shunryu Suzuki regard philosophy as, at one level, indicating that ordinary practice, ordinary language, and ordinary life are “in order” as they are—requiring neither critique nor validation by philosophy—while, at another, they regard philosophical insight as necessary to living ordinary life in an enlightened way. The distinction between ordinary life and enlightened life is, on both accounts, profound but ineffable.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: zen buddhism,wittgenstein,buddhists,ordinary life,ordinary language
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 14:58
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 17:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/10010
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381559.003.0002

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