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LUCIP Lecture Jin Y. Park: Derrida, Buddhism, and Ethical Imagination

Monday 9 December 2019
Past events 2019
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

The Leiden University Centre for Intercultural Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture by

Jin Y. Park (American University Washington)

Derrida, Buddhism, and Ethical Imagination


Since its first introduction to the Western world, Buddhism has been criticized for the lack of a clear ethical blueprint. Derrida’s deconstruction encountered a similar criticism from its opponents. Against such claims, in this presentation I consider a form of Buddhist-deconstructive ethics using the concept of ethical imagination. I consider the nature of ethical imagination, how Derrida’s deconstruction and Buddhism help us envision a new form of ethical practice, and how such an approach to ethics will help us think about ethics in our time.


Jin Y. Park is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and the Founding Director of the Asian Studies Program at American University in Washington D.C.  Professor Park conducts research in the areas of Zen and Huayan Buddhism, Buddhist Ethics, Modern Buddhist and East Asian Philosophy and European Deconstruction and Postmodernism.  Her monographs include Buddhism and Postmodernity: Zen, Huayan and the Possibility of Buddhist Postmodern Ethics (Lexington Books, 2008), Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun: Essays by Zen Master Kim Iryop (University of Hawaii Press, 2014) and Women and Buddhist Philosophy: Engaging Zen Master Kim Iryop (University of Hawaii Press, 2017).  She is the editor of several additional volumes along with dozens of published essays.  She is presently serving as the president of both the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy and the North American Korean Philosophy Association.    

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