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Timothy Morton Wants Philosophers to Face Their “Buddhaphobia”

Sam Littlefair

Philosopher Timothy Morton is injecting Buddhism into Western philosophy in a way that’s never before been done. "I’m trying to use ideas to reach something that isn’t conceptual." "Everything is a phenomenon. Toothbrushes and ideas about toothbrushes. These phenomena are suffused with emptiness. Basically, that’s it." "The dark bits don’t just have to do with how awful everything is. They have to do with how weird it is that everything is awful." "One of my criteria for what counts as good thought is: does it make me smile?" "My argument is that — this is a kind-of Buddhist one — inside of you there’s something really beautiful." "There’s so much more in a thing than your concept of it. Reality, fundamentally, is very, very creative." "Causality isn’t a mechanical churning underneath appearances. Causality is appearances."

If you’re looking to read more about Morton’s work and how it relates to Buddhism and dzogchen, here are a few resources for getting started:

A commentary by Morton on Slavoj Zizek’s view of Buddhism

Tsoknyi Rinpoche on Buddhism’s two truths

Excerpts from Morton’s correspondence with Bjork

Guardian feature profile of Morton

Morton’s introductory curriculum to OOO

A report on dialogues about panpsychism between Buddhists and neuroscientists

Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism, featuring Morton

Morton’s blog, “Ecology Without Nature”

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