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The Buddha in the MachineArt, Technology, and the Meeting of East and West$
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R. John Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194470

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194470.001.0001

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The Meeting of East and West

The Meeting of East and West

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(p.199) 8. The Meeting of East and West
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The Buddha in the Machine
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R. John Williams

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300194470.003.0008

By way of concluding the book, this chapter takes a longer tour through the visual and literary landscape informed by the Anglo-American fascination with Asia's technê, turning to two more figures who, while not formally or disciplinarily related, nonetheless demonstrate the stunning continuity of Asia-as-technê as it made its way through early twentieth-century modernism, postwar cybernetics, and the nearly all-encompassing hegemony of global capitalism: first, Frank Lloyd Wright with his simultaneous passions for both Japanese art and machine culture; and second, F. S. C. Northrop, a philosopher who wrote one of the more important studies on “the meeting of East and West” and had a largely forgotten role to play in the development of global cybernetics.

Keywords:   Orientalism, Frank Lloyd Wright, F. S. C. Northrop, Japanese prints, mandalas, cybernetics, Jung, Buddhism

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