Living in the Buddha's Past: The Lotus Sutra and Tiantai Buddhism on Interdoxic Regard (Interfaith Dialogue) Beyond Proselytizing Dogmatism, Nihilistic Skepticism, Agnostic Pragmatism and Tolerant Relativism

Brook Ziporyn , Northwestern University and National University Singapore

This lecture is part of the Stanford Humanities Center's Claire and John Radway Research Workshop on Mythos & Logos: Religion and Rationality in the Humanities. The workshop brings together scholars from a variety of humanistic disciplines to re-examine the role (and persistence) of religious representations, concepts, and doctrines in modern and contemporary culture, literature, and philosophy. It investigates such topics as a renewed interest in theories of secularization and the ostensible arrival of a post-secular age; the philosophical appropriation and criticism of existential and ethical themes originating in the religions; and the role religious ideas and discourse continue to play in politics. The title of the workshop expresses the wager that the mythos of religion is not without its logos.

Brook Ziporyn is a professor of religion and philosophy at Northwestern University.  He specializes in Chinese Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.  His works include Evil and/or/as the Good: Intersubjectivity and Value Paradox in Tiantai Buddhist Thought; The Penumbra Unbound, the Neo-Taoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang; Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments with Tiantai Buddhism; and Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings, With Selections from Traditional Commentaries. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Baker Room - Stanford Humanities Center

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
The Stanford Humanities Center