Nietzsche as 'Europe's Buddha' and 'Asia's superman'

Bilimoria, Purushottama 2008, Nietzsche as 'Europe's Buddha' and 'Asia's superman', Sophia, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 359-376, doi: 10.1007/s11841-008-0079-y.

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Title Nietzsche as 'Europe's Buddha' and 'Asia's superman'
Author(s) Bilimoria, Purushottama
Journal name Sophia
Volume number 47
Issue number 3
Start page 359
End page 376
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 0038-1527
Keyword(s) Nietzsche
Asian philosophy
Indian religious thought
comparative limits
Summary Nietzsche represents in an interesting way the well-worn Western approach to Asian philosophical and religious thinking: initial excitement, then neglect by appropriation, and swift rejection when found to be incompatible with one’s own tradition, whose roots are inexorably traced back to the ‘ancient’ Greeks. Yet, Nietzsche’s philosophical critique and methods - such as ‘perspectivism’ - offer an instructive route through which to better understand another tradition even if the sole purpose of this exercise is to perceive one’s own limitations through the eyes of the other: a self-destruktion of sorts. To help correct this shortcoming and begin the long overdue task of even-handed dialogue - or contemporary comparative philosophy - we will be served well by looking at Nietzsche’s mistakes, which in turn informed the tragic critic of the West of the last century, Martin Heidegger. We may learn here not to cast others in one’s own troubled image; and not to reverse cultural icons: Europe’s Superman, and Asia’s Buddha.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11841-008-0079-y
Field of Research 220315 Philosophy of Religion
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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