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Wittgenstein and Zen

  • John V. Canfield (a1)

Wittgenstein's later philosophy and the doctrines of Mahayana Buddhism integral to Zen coincide in a fundamental aspect: for Wittgenstein language has, one might say, a mystical base; and this base is exactly the Buddhist ideal of acting with a mind empty of thought. My aim is to establish and explore this phenomenon. The result should be both a deeper understanding of Wittgenstein and the removal of a philosophical objection to Zen that has troubled some people.

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F. N. Sibley , ‘Ryle and Thinking’ in O. P. Wood and G. Pitcher , eds., Ryle (New York, 1970))

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