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Nietzsche once proclaimed himself the 'Buddha of Europe', and throughout his life Buddhism held enormous interest for him. While he followed Buddhist thinking in demolishing what he regarded as the two-headed delusion of Being and Self, he saw himself as advocating a response to the ensuing nihilist crisis that was diametrically opposed to that of his Indian counterpart. In this book Antoine Panaïoti explores the deep and complex relations between Nietzsche's views and Buddhist philosophy. He discusses the psychological models and theories which underlie their supposedly opposing ethics of 'great health' and explodes the apparent dichotomy between Nietzsche's Dionysian life-affirmation and Buddhist life-negation, arguing for a novel, hybrid response to the challenge of formulating a tenable post-nihilist ethics. His book will interest students and scholars of Nietzsche's philosophy, Buddhist thought and the metaphysical, existential and ethical issues that emerge with the demise of theism.Read more
- Offers fresh perspectives on a number of exegetical and interpretative issues in both Nietzsche scholarship and Buddhist studies
- Advances an entirely novel interpretation of Nietzsche's positive philosophy of life-affirmation as a deliberate counter-Buddhism
- Presents compelling models in which to understand human psychology and behaviour
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"This study speaks with Nietzsche's prophetic voice.... Based "On wide knowledge of both Nietzsche and Buddhist scholarship, this comparative study is an important acquisition for college and university libraries.... Highly recommended..."
–J. Bussanich, University of New Mexico, CHOICE
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- Date Published: January 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107031623
- length: 258 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.53kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Nihilism and Buddhism:
1. Nietzsche as Buddha
2. Nietzsche as anti-Buddha
Part II. Suffering:
3. Amor Fati and the affirmation of suffering
4. Nirvāna and the cessation of suffering
Part III. Compassion:
5. Overcoming compassion
6. Cultivating compassion
Conclusion: toward a new response to the challenge of nihilism.
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