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Author QuotedJacques Maritain
Title QuotedDream of Descartes
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/03/19
Imprint[S.l.] : Philosophical Librarey. 1944
QuotationI read Maritain's essay on Descartes today (in connection with Fenelon, but it is revealing in relation to Zen). The task for Zen in the West is probably a healthy reaction on the part of people exasperated for four hundred years by the inane Cartesian spirit-the reification of concepts, the idolization of reflexive consciousness, the flight from being into verbalism, mathematics and rationalization. Descartes made a fetish of the mirror which Zen shatters.
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 304
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