Argues that German Romanticism, Zen Buddhism, and deconstruction, for all their cultural differences, are three expressions of a universal vision.
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Examines the theme of the coincidentia oppositorum--the tendency of a thing or relationship to turn, under certain conditions, into its own opposite--as it is expressed in German Romanticism, Zen Buddhism, and deconstruction. McCort argues that the coincidentia can be useful for understanding and comparing a variety of cultural forms, including systems of myth, religions ancient and modern, laws of social organization, speculative philosophies East and West, psychological theories and therapeutic practices, and dynamic organizing principles of music, art, and literature. The author touches on a variety of Western and Eastern writers and thinkers, including Thomas Merton, Jacques Derrida, Nishida Kitaro, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Franz Kafka, Novalis, Renzai Zen, J. D. Salinger, and the mysterious, doughnut-loving editor of the medieval Chinese koan collection, Mumonkan.About the Author:
Dennis McCort is Associate Professor of German at Syracuse University and the author of States of Unconscious in Three Tales by C. F. Meyer and Perspectives on Music in German Fiction: The Music-Fiction of Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl.
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