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Nietzsche and Buddhism: A Study in Nihilism and Ironic Affinities

Robert G. Morrison

Abstract

This book offers a comparative study of two linked and interacting traditions that have had great influence in 20th-century thought: Buddhism and the philosophy of Nietzsche. Nietzsche saw a direct historical parallel between the cultural situation of his own time and of the India of the Buddha's age: the emergence of nihilism as a consequence of loss of traditional belief. Nietzsche's fear, still resonant today, was that Europe was about to enter a nihilistic era in which people, no longer able to believe in the old religious and moral values, would feel themselves adrift in a meaningless cos ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Nietzsche, India, nihilism, transvaluation of values, citta-bhavana, mind-cultivation, übermensch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238652
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238652.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert G. Morrison, author
University College, Chester