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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

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

R. John Williams

Yale University Press

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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