Robert G. Morrison

in Nietzsche and Buddhism

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238652
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679711 | DOI:

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This chapter presents an overview of Part II of this volume. One common and general feature shared by both Nietzsche and Buddhism is the centrality of man in a godless cosmos, in the sense that both look to man, and not any external power, being, or numinous source, for their respective solutions to what they perceive as the problem(s) of existence. Another feature shared by both, and which is the main theme of Part II, is that their respective goals are to be achieved through a process of ‘self-overcoming’ (Selbstüberwindung in Nietzsche's case, citta-bhāvanā in Buddhism's), and this self-overcoming is understood as the spiritual expression of a more basic and natural force (will to power in Nietzsche's case, taᓧhāā in Buddhism's).

Keywords: Nietzsche; Buddhism; self-overcoming; will to power; taᓧhāā; Selbstüberwindung; citta-bhāvanā

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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