Buddhism and Deconstruction: Towards a Comparative Semiotics

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This is a semiotic study of a corpus of texts that Kumârajîva (344-413 CE), Paramârtha (499~569 CE) and Xuanzang (599~664 CE) transmitted from India to China, featuring a critical reading of the Dazhidu Lun (T1509, Mahâ-Prajñâpâramitâ-upadeúa-Úâstra), San Wuxing Lun (T1617, Try-asvabhâva-prakara.na), and Guangbai Lun (T1571, Catu.húataka-úâstra-kârika). Focusing its attention on the Mahâyâna Buddhist notion of samatâ, it identifies a Buddhist semiotics which anticipates Derrida's invocation of the notion of the Same in his deconstruction of binary oppositions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-02856-9
ISBN (Print)978-0-700-71386-8, 978-1-138-86250-0
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2001


  • Buddhism
  • madhyamaka
  • deconstruction
  • semiotics


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