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By Nishida, Kitarō; Nishitani, Keiji; Tanabe, Hajime; Nishida, Kitarō; Carter, Robert Edgar; Tanabe, Hajime; Nishitani, Keiji

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An available dialogue of the idea of key figures of the Kyoto tuition of jap philosophy.

This publication offers a much-needed creation to the Kyoto university of eastern philosophy. Robert E. Carter specializes in 4 influential jap philosophers: the 3 most vital contributors of the Kyoto tuition (Nishida Kitaro, Tanabe Hajime, and Nishitani Keiji), and a fourth (Watsuji Tetsuro), who used to be, at so much, an affiliate member of the varsity. every one of those thinkers wrestled systematically with the japanese thought of “nothingness,” albeit from very various perspectives.

Many Western students, scholars, and severe basic readers are intrigued by means of this faculty of concept, which displays Japan’s engagement with the West. a couple of works by means of numerous thinkers linked to the Kyoto tuition are actually to be had in English, yet those works are frequently tricky to know for these now not already well-versed within the philosophical and old context. Carter’s ebook offers an available but significant creation to the varsity andoffers an East-West discussion that enriches our figuring out of eastern suggestion whereas additionally laying off gentle on our personal assumptions, behavior of suggestion, and prejudices

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11 The approach to philosophy taken by the Kyoto philosophers was to inquire into culture in its many forms, religious and nonreligious, and to abstract from them a coherent, philosophically rigorous account that would stand the test of criticism. Philosophy, understood in this way, is a transformative activity and not just a cerebral exercise in logic or the analysis of words or propositions. Philosophy, like religion, seeks to transform the way we view ourselves, others, and the world. It is always more than an intellectual activity, and yet, unlike religion, there is no limit as to what is to be investigated and no prescribed texts or rules to be followed in one's inquiries except to be true to the evidence.

Yet, in 1911, Nishida published his Inquiry into the Good, a book that captured the imagination of the Japanese because it introduced them to full-blown Western ideas while stating with remarkable clarity and force what was distinctive about Japanese ways of thinking. Nishida's aim was to state in precise Western-style philosophical language what the Japanese standpoint was: what it was like to see things from a Japanese perspective. So in forty years, from isolation to encounter, Japan had produced its first modern philosopher of world-class significance; an incredible achievement.

Thomas P. Kasulis, of the Ohio State University, wrote the Foreword that serves as an excellent introduction to my Introduction to the Japanese Kyoto School. Given that he is currently in the midst of writing the complete history of Japanese philosophy, it comes as no surprise that his Foreword displays the best of scholarship coupled with an admirable ability to communicate in an easily accessible form. My first book on Japanese Philosophy, The Nothingness Beyond God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nishida Kitarō (Paragon House, 1989 and 1997) contained a brilliant Foreword by a much younger Tom Kasulis, then at Ashland College, in Wisconsin.

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