The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy

The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy

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The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy examines the current vibrant trends in Japanese philosophical thinking.

Situating Japanese philosophy within the larger context of global intercultural philosophical discourse and pointing to new topics of research, this Handbook covers philosophy of science, philosophy of peace, philosophy of social justice and healing.

Introducing not only new readings of well-known Japanese philosophers, but also work by contemporary Japanese philosophers who are relatively unknown outside Japan, it makes a unique contribution by offering an account of Japanese philosophy from within and going beyond an objective description of it in its various facets. Also featured is the work of a younger generation of scholars and thinkers, who bring in fresh perspectives that will push the field into the future. These critical essays, by leading philosophers and rising scholars, to the past and the present of Japanese philosophy demonstrate ways of doing engaged philosophy in the present globalized age.

With suggestions for further reading, a glossary, a timeline and annotated bibliography, The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy is an ideal research guide to understanding the origin, transformation, and reception of Japanese philosophy in the 21st century.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 35.56mm | 757g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 147423268X
  • 9781474232685

Table of contents

List of Abbreviation & Conventions
Introduction, Michiko Yusa, Western Washington University, USA

Part I: Making of Modern Japanese Philosophy: Phenomenology as a Case in Point
1. Phenomenology in Japan: Its Inception and Blossoming, Keiichi Noe, Tohoku University, Japan

Part II: Social and Political Themes
2. Confucianism in Modern Japan, Takahiro Nakajima, The University of Tokyo, Japan
3. The Political Thought of the Kyoto School: Beyond 'Questionable Footnotes' and 'Japanese-style Fascism', Kenn N. Steffensen, The University of Cork, Ireland
4. Metanoetics for the Dead and the Living: Tanabe Hajime, Karaki Junzo, & Moritaki Ichiro on the Nuclear Age, Nobuo Kazashi, Kobe University, Japan
5. In the Wake of 3.11 Earthquake of 2011: Philosophy of Disaster and Pilgrimage, Cheung Ching-yuen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Part III: Aesthetics
6. The Aesthetics of Tradition: Making the Past Present, Michele F. Marra
7. Bodily-Present Activity in History-An Artistic Streak in Nishida Kitaro's Thought, Enrico Fongaro, Tohoku University, Japan
8. In Search of an Aesthetics of Emptiness: Two European Thinkers, Raquel Bouso Garcia, University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Part IV: Some Prominent 20th Century Thinkers
9. Watsuji Tetsuro: Accidental Buddhist? An Introduction, Steve Bein, University of Dayton, USA
10. Encounter in Emptiness: The I-Thou Relation in Nishitani Keiji's Philosophy of Zen, Bret W. Davis, Loyola University Maryland, USA
11. Creative Imagination, Sensus Communis, and the Social Imaginary: Miki Kiyoshi and Nakamura Yujiro in Dialogue with the Contemporary Western Philosophy, John W. M. Krummel, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA
12. Nishida Kitaro as a Philosopher of Science, Keiichi Noe, Tohoku University, Japan

Part V: Philosophical Dialogue on Gender & Life
13. Japanese and Western Feminist Philosophies: A Dialogue, Erin McCarthy, St. Lawrence University, USA
14. Affirmation via Negation: Zen Philosophy of Life, Sexual Desire, and Infinite Love, Michiko Yusa, Western Washington University, USA

Appendix: Two Essays by Nishida Kitaro
"The Beauty of Calligraphy"
"On Japanese Short Poetry, Tanka"
About the authors
Index of Japanese texts cited
Index of names and terms
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Review quote

This handbook fills a void in the literature in English on contemporary philosophy in Japan, with essays on topics ranging from aesthetics to politics, phenomenology to philosophy of science, and feminism to nuclear power. Its considerable strengths are enhanced by the diversity of the contributors, some of whom are senior scholars in the field and others up-and-coming researchers, some hailing from Japan and others from various countries in the West. A first-rate introduction to this exciting new area of research. -- GRAHAM PARKES, Professorial Research Fellow, University of Vienna, Austria Contemporary Japanese Philosophy is a most welcome addition to the ever-growing western literature on Japanese thought, incorporating the work of key scholars in the field. It should appeal not only to readers interested in Japan but also to those seeking fresh perspectives on many key issues of our time such as the philosophy of disaster, feminism, the body, science, and artistic creativity -- THOMAS P. KASULIS, Professor Emeritus, University Distinguished Scholar, The Ohio State University, USA The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy makes an especially valuable contribution in underscoring, through its essays hailing from the various corners of the globe, the international intellectual and practical phenomenon that the field of Japanese philosophy has become. The editor and contributors deserve the thanks of their colleagues in this exciting, burgeoning field as well as those of parties globally fascinated by these developments. * Notre Dame Philosophical Review *
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About Michiko Yusa

Michiko Yusa is Professor of Japanese Thought and Intercultural philosophy, Department of Modern & Classical Languages & the Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University, USA
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