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Engaging non-essentialism as lived wisdom: a dialogue between intercultural communication and Buddhism

Zhou, Vivien



This paper examines some philosophical groundwork underlying intercultural studies through an inter-epistemic dialogue with Buddhism. This dialogue joins resonating developments in the two fields through their common goal of overcoming essentialism and comparable methods for praxis. It also illuminates on areas for potential advancement in intercultural theory and praxis through considering how Buddhism approaches these at nuanced levels. Particularly, the paper emphasises the needs to differentiate non-essentialism from anti-essentialism, incorporate a ‘responsibility for the self’ into intercultural ethics, and develop corresponding methods for co-existing with the vulnerability of the human mind that prompts one to act essentialistically in concrete situations.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 14, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Mar 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 15, 2022
Journal Language and Intercultural Communication
Print ISSN 1470-8477
Electronic ISSN 1747-759X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 294-311
Keywords Intercultural communication; non-essentialism; Buddhism; dialogue; inter-epistemic
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