‘God’s Shadow’ and the Buddhist ‘No-Self’ Doctrine

Robert G. Morrison

in Nietzsche and Buddhism

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238652
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679711 | DOI:
‘God’s Shadow’ and the Buddhist ‘No-Self’ Doctrine

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This chapter argues that whether it is God in the form of Yahweh, Allah, the ‘God of Love’, Brahmā, Prajāpati, Brahman, the Absolute, or ‘God's shadow’ in the form of the soul, ātman, jīva, atom, ‘thing-in-itself’, ego, substance, both Nietzsche and Buddhism agree that such notions are fictions. Using Nietzsche's language, both claim that there are no ‘eternally enduring substances’ of any kind, that there is no essence to man.

Keywords: Nietzsche; Buddhism; God; eternally enduring substances; man

Chapter.  7851 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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