Major Professor: Louis Simon Ph.D.
Trey Conner Ph.D.
Lisa Starks-Estes Ph.D.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
June 8, 2015
The purpose of this thesis is to explore the overlapping themes, ideas, and strategies of Jean Baudrillard and Eihei Dogen. The rationale for such an endeavor lies in the absence of any comparison of Baudrillard and Dogen, when there is a plethora of scholarship that places their respective philosophies into conversation with post-structuralism and Zen Buddhism. I approached this project from the perspective of examining how Dogen’s enigmatic ideas helped in understanding Baudrillard’s complex theory, and vice-versa. By looking more closely at each philosopher’s writing, themes, and concerns, I highlight ideas from separate and distinct socio-historical situations and find ways of comprehending these ideas both individually and together. Though Baudrillard and Dogen each apply their respective philosophy to distinct cultures, environments, and times, I find that there are some overlaps that may begin any number of new conversations in the fields of comparative academics, Dogen studies, Baudrillard studies, Zen Buddhist studies, post-structural philosophy, new media and technology, ecology, and beyond.
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Boynton, Nicholas, "Valuing Illusion: A Comparative Analysis of Jean Baudrillard and Eihei Dogen" (2015). USFSP Master's Theses (Graduate). 146.