How Did Nietzsche Reach his Understanding of Buddhism?

Robert G. Morrison

in Nietzsche and Buddhism

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238652
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679711 | DOI:
How Did Nietzsche Reach his Understanding of Buddhism?

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A reasonable case has been made which refutes Nietzsche's claim that Buddhism is a form of ‘passive nihilism’, that it teaches a goal which ends with the individual being completely annihilated at parinirvāna. This chapter addresses the question of how Nietzsche reached this conclusion and whether he was misled by his sources.

Keywords: Nietzsche; passive nihilism; Buddhism

Chapter.  3276 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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