Husserl and Heidegger: Phenomenology, Eurocentrism, and Buddhism

, McDowell Formal

Updated 9/11/14

A lecture by Eric S. Nelson, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Hong Kong University of Technology and Science:

Recent works have argued for a phenomenological account of Buddhism and the relevance of classical phenomenology to interpreting Buddhist philosophy. In this paper, I examine the extent to which Buddhism can be understood as phenomenological by considering whether: (1) the conception of Europe as well as the reception of Buddhism in the works of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger reveal the limited and ultimately Eurocentric character of their thought; (2) the primary forms of Buddhism employed in interpreting Buddhism as phenomenological can be adequately conceived in accordance with Husserl's and Heidegger's models of transcendental and ontological phenomenology.
Philosophy & Religion
Asian Studies Program

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