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LINGUIST List 24.2608

Wed Jun 26 2013

Books: A Buddhist Theory of Semiotics: Rambelli

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 26-Jun-2013
From: Charlotte Rose <charlotte.rosebloomsbury.com>
Subject: A Buddhist Theory of Semiotics: Rambelli
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Title: A Buddhist Theory of Semiotics
Subtitle: Signs, Ontology, and Salvation in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism
Series Title: Bloomsbury Advances in Semiotics
Published: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
                http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/

Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/a-buddhist-theory-of-semiotics-9781441161963/

Author: Fabio Rambelli
Hardback: ISBN: 9781441177773 Pages: 280 Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781441161963 Pages: 280 Price: U.K. £ 27.99
Abstract:

One of the first attempts ever to present in a systematic way a non-western semiotic system. This book looks at Japanese esoteric Buddhism and is based around original texts, informed by explicit and rigorous semiotic categories. It is a unique introduction to important aspects of the thought and rituals of the Japanese Shingon tradition.

Semiotic concerns are deeply ingrained in the Buddhist intellectual and religious discourse, beginning with the idea that the world is not what it appears to be, which calls for a more accurate understanding of the self and reality. This in turn results in sustained discussions on the status of language and representations, and on the possibility and methods to know reality beyond delusion; such peculiar knowledge is explicitly defined as enlightenment. Thus, for Buddhism, semiotics is directly relevant to salvation; this is a key point that is often ignored even by Buddhologists. This book discusses in depth the main elements of Buddhist semiotics as based primarily on original Japanese pre-modern sources. It is a crucial publication in the fields of semiotics and religious studies.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Semiotics

Subject Language(s): Japanese (jpn)

Written In: English (eng)

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