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Title: Tangles and webs
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Padmasiri De Silva, 1933-

Description: Tangles and Webs, by Buddhist scholar in the Theravāda tradition Padmasiri De Silva, uses existential philosophy and the psychoanalytic tradition to interpret and understand Buddhist teachings. The author upon draws on Freud, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Satre and others with the idea that existentialism is more a "tone of voice" than a systemized intellectual ideology. De Silva particularly focuses on the Buddhist concept of suffering (dukkha). Tying together Buddhist and existential ideas is the concept of the "human tangle," an idea elaborated on in one Buddhist text: "Tangles within, tangles without, entangled is the race of sentient beings." The author weaves this theme to the broader existential views on anxiety and alienation. The book ends with a postscript on therapy which looks at existential approaches to the treatment of psychopathology as found in existential psychology and phenomenology-based psychiatry. (Zach Rowinski 2005-01-06)

Contributor: Ninian Smart, 1927-
Publisher Place: Colombo
Publisher: Lake House Investments
Normalized publisher place: Colombo
Publisher country: Sri Lanka
Published Date: 1976
Extent: xi, 75 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Phenomenology
Sigmund Freud
Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1889-1951
Clinical psychology
Jean Paul Sartre, 1905-
Søren Kierkegaard, 1813-1855
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Related Humanities -- Philosophy -- Modern Philosophy
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Psychology -- Clinical Psychology -- Psychotherapy -- Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Cultural Coverage: Euro-American
Temporal coverage: 20th century CE
Language: English

Table of Contents: Foreward / Ninian Smart -- Foreward -- The philosophy of existentialism -- The critique of pleasure in Soren Kierkegaard and early Buddhism -- The tragic sense of life -- The 'riddle' of anxiety and the enmeshed ego -- The web of self-isolation -- Postscript on therapy

LOC: 76904241
Format: Print media (print or manuscript, including PDFs)
Resource Type: Book (single author)
Release Flag: OK for viewing
Date Of Record Creation: 2005-01-06 16:20:19
Date Record Checked: 2005-01-06
Date Last Modified: 2005-12-19 10:27:48
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