Radical Buddhism?

Over the past century, every so often, Buddhist activist in Asia and the West have attempted to draw a bridge across the seemingly vast gap between Buddhism and radical politics, based on the provocative premise that Buddhism can add to radical political praxis and vice versa.  While such attempts at Buddhist progressive politics have usually been under-therorized, we can also trace a series of references to the supposed accommodation between Karl Marx and the Buddha in the work of at least two prominent Western thinks: Claude Levi-Strauss (1908-2009) and Jacques Derrida (1930-2004).

James Mark Shields

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