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Buddhism and Deconstruction
Towards a Comparative Semiotics





ISBN 9780700713868
Published August 24, 2001 by Routledge
256 Pages

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This is a semiotic study of a corpus of texts that Kumârajîva (344-413 CE), Paramârtha (499~569 CE) and Xuanzang (599~664 CE) transmitted from India to China, featuring a critical reading of the Dazhidu Lun (T1509, Mahâ-Prajñâpâramitâ-upadeúa-Úâstra), San Wuxing Lun (T1617, Try-asvabhâva-prakara.na), and Guangbai Lun (T1571, Catu.húataka-úâstra-kârika). Focusing its attention on the Mahâyâna Buddhist notion of samatâ, it identifies a Buddhist semiotics which anticipates Derrida's invocation of the notion of the Same in his deconstruction of binary oppositions.

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'All in all, this is an expert and often brilliant work.' -Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

'I found Wang's project most exciting and valuable...the book is an excellent addition to contemporary studies of Buddhist and comparative philosophy.' - Philosophy East and West