Self and Society

Self and Society

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This selection of essays, originally published between 1988 and 2010, demonstrates that in the study of Buddhism a concern with detailed accuracy in philological and textual specifics can be combined with an attempt to deal with wider (and difficult) philosophical and sociological issues. The first part, Pali Literature, deals with the historical formation of the Pali Canon, with the continuing oral aspects of Pali texts, and, looking at the entire range of Pali texts, with the question a€œWhat is Literature in Pali?a€ The second part, The theory and Practice of Not-self, looks at the Buddhist denial of self as both a philosophical position and as a form of practice, one in which a process of self-transformative behavioral and psychological training is seen to culminate in the realization that there is no self underlying the ever-changing moments of experience. The third part, Buddhism and Society, has two essays reflecting on and extending Louis Dumonta€™s comparative theorizing about the individual and society in East and West, and a final contemporary treatment of Buddhist a€œnunsa€ (mae chi) in ThravAda Buddhism, both in general and specifcally as active in higher education in Bangkok. The three essays attempt to build on but go beyond the work of Dumont, and behind him Max Weber, in thinking about what they would call a€œworld-renunciationa€ as a phenomenon of society and culture.Essays on Pali Literature and Social Theory 1988a€“2010 Steven Collins. 3. WHAT . IS. LITERATURE. IN. PALI? [2003]. Introduction This chapter describes Pali literature, some of which is not well known, and asks a question which has not, anbsp;...


Title:Self and Society
Author: Steven Collins
Publisher:Silkworm Books - 2013-07-15
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