‘Learning to <i>See</i>’ and ‘Seeing and Knowing Things as they Really Are’

Robert G. Morrison

in Nietzsche and Buddhism

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238652
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679711 | DOI:
‘Learning to See’ and ‘Seeing and Knowing Things as they Really Are’

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This chapter shows that many forms of Buddhist practice can be understood as offering an intensive and practical model that parallels Nietzsche's statements about the necessary conditions for self-overcoming. But although we have a parallel between Nietzsche's ‘self-observation’ and ‘Learning to see’ and these Buddhist practices, it is an imbalanced one: for the Buddhist the aim is not simply a question of ‘Learning to see’, but of ‘knowing and seeing things as they really are’.

Keywords: Nietzsche; Buddhism; consciousness

Chapter.  9673 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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