Zen or Ch'an

03 Oct 1994 12:03

Myths of the sect. Attitude towards the intellect. History of its lay following --- artists, literati, samurai. And authoritarianism. Introduction to the West and influence there. Origins of koans. And AI. Comparison to analytical philosophy (all those paradoxes, claims that things are pseudo-problems, etc.). Hu Shih once wrote a paper arguing that koans began as analytical paradoxes, which were intended to have logical (but perhaps counter-intuitive) answers; I don't know how well that idea has held up, but I like it.

I have a micro-collection of Zen documents.