David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Asian Philosophy 3 (2):113 – 124 (1993)
Abstract This essay attempts to articulate an understanding of the goal of ?freedom? in classical Ch'an Buddhism by setting concerns for ?liberation? in relation to the kinds of authority and regulated structure characteristic of Sung dynasty Ch'an monasteries. It begins with the thesis that early Western interpreters of Zen have tended to emphasise the dimensions of Zen freedom that accord with modem Western versions of freedom presupposing tension between freedom and authority as well as between individual autonomy and the demands of a communal setting. These dichotomies, assumed by modem Western interpreters, appear to have been absent from this medieval Chinese context, thus suggesting that their concepts of freedom and liberation must have differed significantly from our own. The essay examines classical Ch'an rhetoric and practices in an effort to reconceive what ?freedom? might have meant in this context and concludes with a proposal for this reconception
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Dale Stuart Wright (1998). Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism. Cambridge University Press.
Alison M. Jaggar (2007). Teaching in Colorado. Teaching Philosophy 30 (2):149-172.
Ian Burkitt (1993). Overcoming Metaphysics: Elias and Foucault on Power and Freedom. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (1):50-72.
By Alan Carter (2003). Morality and Freedom. Philosophical Quarterly 53 (211):161–180.
Alison M. Jaggar (2007). Teaching in Colorado: Not a Rocky Mountain High; Academic Freedom in a Climate of Repression. Teaching Philosophy 30 (2):149-172.
Diane Enns (2007). Speaking of Freedom: Philosophy, Politics, and the Struggle for Liberation. Stanford University Press.
Hans Ruin (2008). The Destiny of Freedom: In Heidegger. Continental Philosophy Review 41 (3):277-299.
Jaysankar Shaw (2011). Freedom: East and West. Sophia 50 (3):481-497.
Mary T. Clark (ed.) (1973). The Problem of Freedom. New York,Appleton-Century-Crofts.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads6 ( #234,367 of 1,679,298 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #183,420 of 1,679,298 )
How can I increase my downloads?