Japanese and Continental Philosophy

Japanese and Continental Philosophy : Conversations with the Kyoto School

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Recognizing the importance of the Kyoto School and its influence on philosophy, politics, religion, and Asian studies, Japanese and Continental Philosophy initiates a conversation between Japanese and Western philosophers. The essays in this cross-cultural volume put Kyoto School thinkers in conversation with German Idealism, Nietzsche, phenomenology, and other figures and schools of the continental tradition such as Levinas and Irigaray. Set in the context of global philosophy, this volume offers critical, innovative, and productive dialogue between some of the most influential philosophical figures from East and West.
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  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 24mm | 635.03g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253355443
  • 9780253355447

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This is a nice collection of papers on Japanese and Continental philosophy. The introductory essay by the editors is informative and insightful, providing an introduction both to the Kyoto School and to some important topics covered in the work. The editors opine that the essays can be understood as 'conversations on an Ox path, ' thereby drawing together Heideggerian and Zen themes. The papers are well written and professionally done. Before modernity, the nihon-do or 'Japanese way' and its etiquette were sufficiently binding that the search for an adequate 'ethics of principle' was not necessary or even intelligible. Until the Meiji era, terms were lacking in the Japanese language for philosophical concepts and distinctions as rendered in the West. If understandable at all, Western metaphysical ideas such as substance, mind/body dualism, and the distinction between reason and sensibility were irrelevant to the Japanese sense of reality. Against this background, the unique texture and development of the Kyoto School of philosophy emerges as an important contribution to world philosophy. The present volume considerably advances East-West dialogue and the reputation of the Kyoto School. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. --Choice ***Please don't use until 4/1/12.F. J. Hoffman, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, April 2012--F. J. Hoffman, West Chester University of Pennsylvania (01/01/2012)
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About Bret W Davis

Bret W. Davis is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland.

Brian Schroeder is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jason M. Wirth is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University.
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