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The Buddha in the Machine: Art, Technology, and the Meeting of East and West

R. John Williams


The writers and artists described in this book are joined by a desire to embrace “Eastern” aesthetics as a means of redeeming “Western” technoculture. The assumption they all share is that at the core of Western culture since at least the Enlightenment there lies an originary and all-encompassing philosophical error, manifested most immediately in the perils of modern technology—and that Asian art offers a way out of that awful matrix. That desire, this book attempts to demonstrate, has informed Anglo- and even Asian-American debates about technology and art since the late nineteenth century a ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, technology, Orientalism, modernism, antimodernism, American studies, comparative literature, modern art, history of technology, cybernetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300194470
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300194470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. John Williams, author
Yale University