Metaphysics as praxis : Rereading Dōgen's Metaphysics through Deleuzian pragmatism and Pratītyasamutpāda

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Metaphysics as praxis : Rereading Dōgen's Metaphysics through Deleuzian pragmatism and Pratītyasamutpāda

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Metaphysics as praxis : Rereading Dōgen's Metaphysics through Deleuzian pragmatism and Pratītyasamutpāda
Author: Hiramoto, S.
Issue Date: 2017-07-14
Keywords: Comparative Philosophy
Critical Buddhism
Deleuze
Dōgen
Ethics
Practical Philosophy
Pragmatism
Abstract: This thesis interprets the Japanese Buddhist master, Dōgen's metaphysical ideas concerning Buddha-nature, Total-function, and temporality, with the help of Deleuze's pragmatism, in a manner congruent with the central Buddhist doctrine of pratītyasamutpāda. In doing so, the research attempts to overcome the problems of what I view as the two opposing poles of Dōgen interpretation: that of the Critical Buddhists who deny Dōgen's metaphysics, claiming that it is in-congruent to pratītyasamutpāda, and the “Comparative Philosophers,” who affirms Dōgen's metaphysics yet in a manner that disregards pratītyasamutpāda. The research reconsiders Dōgen's above metaphysical concepts, of which Critical Buddhism and comparative interpretations gives a shortsighted picture inasmuch as they impose upon Dōgen a “representational epistemology.” This error prevents the former interpretations of Dōgen to acknowledge the potential that Dōgen's metaphysical concepts can have a practical use for an ethics centered on pratītyasamutpāda. Deleuze's philosophy, insofar as it is pragmatist and non-representational, can help to elucidate this limitation, and to create a reinterpretation of Dōgen's doctrine on Total-function, time and Buddha-nature to function as tools for spiritual practice in concurrence to pratītyasamutpāda. Ultimately, I claim that Dōgen's metaphysics is not descriptive or explanatory of reality, but are pragmatically functional tools incorporated into spiritual practice.
Promotor: Supervisor: F.A.J. de Haas Co-Supervisor: H.W. Sneller
Faculty: Humanities
University: Leiden
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/50876
 

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