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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Richard M. Jaffe, Jeff Wilson, and Tomoe Moriya

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269170

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269170.001.0001

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The Predicament of Modern Man

The Predicament of Modern Man

Chapter:
(p.140) 17 The Predicament of Modern Man
Source:
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Author(s):
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520269170.003.0017

This chapter contains an essay by D. T. Suzuki in which he describes how the modern intellectual man enslaves himself with an idea of being “as great as the Creator.” Published in the men's fashion magazine Gentry in 1952, the essay argues that the situation of the modern man is caught in a web of complexities and that scientific knowledge and its applications to various fields of life have resulted in its mechanization—that is, generalization and conceptualization, which in turn means dehumanization of an individual being. Suzuki explains how Zen can help the modern man out of this predicament of intellectualization and mechanization by narrating two stories.

Keywords:   modern man, D. T. Suzuki, scientific knowledge, mechanization, generalization, conceptualization, dehumanization, Zen, intellectualization

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