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Double Exposure: Cutting Across Buddhist and Western Discourses (Cultural Memory in the Present) Hardcover – November 11, 2003


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  • Series: Cultural Memory in the Present
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (November 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804743479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804743471
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,356,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Faure's analysis is agile, complex, and perceptive....Double Exposure is a subtle and challenging reflection on both Buddhist and Western culture and thought and should be read by anyone concerned with their encounter in the contemporary world."—The Journal of Religion

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This book explores the possible relations between Western types of rationality and Buddhism. It also examines some clichés about Buddhism and questions the old antinomies of Western culture (“faith and reason,” or “idealism and materialism”). The use of the Buddhist notion of the Two Truths as a hermeneutic device leads to a double or multiple exposure that will call into question our mental habits and force us to ask questions differently, to think “in a new key.”
Double Exposure is somewhat of an oddity. Written by a specialist for nonspecialists, it is not a book of vulgarization. Although it aims at a better integration of Western and Buddhist thought, it is not an exercise in comparative philosophy or religion. It is neither a contribution to Buddhist scholarship in the narrow sense, nor a contribution to some vague Western “spirituality.” Cutting across traditional disciplines and blurring established genres, it provides a leisurely but deeply insightful stroll through philosophical and literary texts, dreams, poetry, and paradoxes.


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This book begins a consideration of Buddhist ideas and values that neither collapses into Western philosophy nor naively takes up Buddhist jargon without questioning it. It's not perfect, in that some of the arguments are not sustained, but it is rich and provocative.
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