A Philosophy of Emptiness (Paperback)
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We often view emptiness as a negative condition, a symptom of depression, despair, or griefan assessment furthered by authors like Franz Kafka or the existentialists, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Offering an alternative view, A Philosophy of Emptinessreclaims these hollow feelings as a positive and even empowering state, an antidote to the modern obsession with substance and foundation.
Digging through early and non-Western philosophy, Gay Watson uncovers a rich history of emptiness. She travels from Buddhism, Taoism, and religious mysticism to the contemporary world of philosophy, science, and art practice. Though most Western philosophies are concerned with substance and foundation, she finds that the twentieth century has seen a resurgence of emptiness and offers reasons why such an apparently unappealing concept has attracted modern musicians, artists, and scientists, as well as preeminent thinkers throughout the ages. Probing the idea of how a life without foundation might be livedand why a person might choose this pathA Philosophy of Emptinesslinks these concepts to contemporary ideas of meditation and the mind, presenting a rich and intriguing take on the concept of emptiness and the history of thought.

About the Author

Gay Watson is the author of Beyond Happiness and The Resonance of Innocence, and coeditor of Psychology of Awakening. She lives in Devon, UK."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781780232850
ISBN-10: 1780232853
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: March 15th, 2014
Pages: 206
Language: English