History of the Development of Japanese Thought: From 592 to 1868

History of the Development of Japanese Thought: From 592 to 1868

by Natamura
     
 

ISBN-10: 0710306504

ISBN-13: 9780710306500

Pub. Date: 11/15/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This revised and expanded edition of a classic work traces the development of the history of philosophy in pre-modern Japan. While many historians take the view that Japanese philosophy only started with the Meiji Restoration and the entrance of Western culture into Japan, Hajime Nakamura demonstrates that there has been a long history of philosophy in Japan prior to…  See more details below

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This revised and expanded edition of a classic work traces the development of the history of philosophy in pre-modern Japan. While many historians take the view that Japanese philosophy only started with the Meiji Restoration and the entrance of Western culture into Japan, Hajime Nakamura demonstrates that there has been a long history of philosophy in Japan prior to the Meiji. Beginning in 592 AD, when Japan first became a centralized state and continuing into the early modern era, this work deals with the important problems and salient feature of Japanese philosophical thought at all stages in its development, dealing with subjects such as the philosophical ideas of the Nara and Heian periods, Japanese medieval thought, the major sects of Buddhism, the way of meditation, controversy between Buddhism and Christianity, modern trends in the Tokugawa period, religion and capitalism, Buddhist influences upon Japanese ways of thinking, and the basic features of Japanese philosophical thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780710306500
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/15/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
IThe Ideal of a Universal State and its Philosophical Basis - Prince Shotoku and his Successors1
1The Universal State1
2Administration of the Centralized State8
3Cultural Policy14
4Philosophical Thought17
IIPhilosophical Ideas of the Nara and Heian Periods39
1Introductory Remarks39
2Voidness43
3Existence in Interrelation45
4The Absolute48
5Affirmation of the World49
6Synthesis of Philosophies52
IIIMedieval Thought59
1The Social Background59
2The Supremacy of Religion61
3Compassion and Schools of Pure Faith70
4The Way of Meditation86
5The Concept of Time and Change93
6Philosophy of History100
7Conclusions104
IVControversy Between Buddhism and Christianity - The Period of Contact with the West111
1The Encounter of Jodo Buddhism and Christianity - A Case Study of Banzui'i Shonin111
2Suzuki Shosan's Criticism of Christianity126
VModern Trends - General Features of the Tokugawa Period151
1Introductory Remarks151
2Critical Attitude152
3Changes in the Valuation of Traditional Symbols161
4Changes in the Valuation of Man166
VIModern Trends - Specific Problems of the Tokugawa Period193
1Religion and Capitalism193
2The Science of Philosophies - Tominaga Nakamoto (1715-1746) and the History of Philosophies211
VIIProblems of Japanese Philosophical Thought240
1Basic Features of the Legal, Political, and Economic Thought240
2Buddhist Influence upon Japanese Ways of Thinking270
Concluding Words288
A Bibliography of Works in Western Languages291

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