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Overview

An overview of Japanese philosophy from the seventh century to the present.
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“…a skillful interweaving of a large number of strands in the history of ideas. Countless distortions and roadblocks bedevil Western scholars trying to understand Asian texts and cultures, and only recently have we begun to get glimpses of the actual history of Asian thought. This is a welcome contribution to this important work of cross-cultural understanding, and provides a well-informed Western look at the influence of Chinese and Western philosophy on Japan.” — Richard T. Garner, coeditor of Society and the Individual: Readings in Political and Social Philosophy
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Blocker (philosophy, Ohio State University) and Starling (Kobe Shoin Women's University) argue for classifying aspects of Japanese thought as philosophy. Taking a comparative approach, they trace the development of Japanese philosophy from the seventh century to the present. They also describe its similarities and differences with other philosophies of both Eastern and Western societies. Chapters describe the Buddhist phase, the rise of Tokugawa Confucianism, Japanese society's first encounters with modernity, and the period after modernity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791450208
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Gene Blocker is Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University. He is the author of Philosophy of Art; Aesthetics of Primitive Art; and World Philosophy, and coeditor of Contemporary Chinese Aesthetics, with Zhu Liyuan.

Christopher L. Starling teaches at Kobe Shoin Women’s University.

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Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION

2. THE BUDDHIST PHASE

3. THE RISE OF TOKUGAWA CONFUCIANISM

4. ENCOUNTERING MODERNITY

5. BEYOND MODERNITY

6. CONCLUSION

REFERENCES

INDEX

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