Hegel's Projected Nihilism

A Study of Orientalized Buddhism

  • Ryan Curnow


Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s historical analysis of Buddhist philosophy not only fails as a sound interpretation of that tradition, it also well-exemplifies the Western practice of Orientalism as elucidated by Edward Said. I attempt to demonstrate this in three major parts: the nature of Orientalism as a concept and practice, the Orientalist analytical process that Hegel employs in judging Buddhism as well as religions in general, and how Hegel’s understanding does not work against a more charitably interpreted Buddhist defense. Moreover, I argue that the Orientalist erroneousness of Hegel’s reading deeply complicates his hierarchical philosophy of world history.

How to Cite
Curnow, R. (2021). Hegel’s Projected Nihilism : A Study of Orientalized Buddhism . Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 14(1), 91-101. https://doi.org/10.33043/S.14.1.91-101