Philosophers of Nothingness: An Essay on the Kyoto School

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition
1 The Kyoto School 3
2 Japanese Philosophy as World Philosophy 7
3 The Background of Western Philosophy in Japan 9
4 Working Assumptions of the Kyoto Philosophers 13
5 The Matter of Language 17
6 The Study of the Kyoto School in the West 21
7 Arrangement of the Material 23
Nishida Kitaro (1870-1945)
8 Nishida's Life and Career 29
9 Nishida's Philosophical Style 32
10 An Adventure of Ideas 36
11 The Quest of the Absolute 39
12 The Absolute as Pure Experience 42
13 The Absolute as Will 47
14 Self-Awareness 49
15 Active Intuition, Knowing by Becoming 53
16 Art and Morality as Self-Expression 56
17 Absolute Nothingness 61
18 Identity and Opposition 64
19 The Historical World 68
20 The Logic of Locus 72
21 Subject, Predicate, and Universal 75
22 Self and Other 79
23 Love and Responsibility 83
24 Japanese Culture, World Culture 86
25 The Turn to Political Philosophy 90
26 Rudiments of a Political Philosophy 95
27 Religion, God, and Inverse Correlation 99
Tanabe Hajime (1885-1962)
28 Tanabe's Life and Career 107
29 Tanabe's Philosophical Style 110
30 Pure Experience, Objective Knowledge, Morality 113
31 Pure Relationship, Absolute Mediation 116
32 A Reinterpretation of Absolute Nothingness 118
33 The Origins of the Logic of the Specific 122
34 The Specific and the Sociocultural World 125
35 The Specific and the Nation 130
36 An Ambivalent Nationalism 134
37 Critiques of Tanabe's Nationalism 139
38 Critiques of Tanabe's Political Naivete 143
39 Response to the Criticisms 146
40 Repentance 151
41 Philosophizing the Repentance 154
42 The Logic of Absolute Critique 157
43 Religious Act, Religious Witness 162
44 Self and Self-Awareness 165
45 A Synthesis of Religions 171
46 A Dialectics of Death 175
Nishitani Keiji (1900-1990)
47 Nishitani's Life and Career 183
48 Nishitani's Philosophical Style 187
49 A Starting Point in Nihilism 191
50 Elemental Subjectivity 193
51 A Philosophy for Nationalism 195
52 Historical Necessity 200
53 Moral Energy and All-Out War 204
54 Overcoming Modernity 208
55 The Religious Dimension of the Political 211
56 Overcoming Nihilism 215
57 From Nihilism to Emptiness 217
58 Emptiness as a Standpoint 222
59 Emptiness as the Homeground of Being 224
60 Ego and Self 228
61 Self, Other, and Ethics 233
62 Science and Nature 238
63 Time and History 242
64 God 245
65 The Embodiment of Awareness 249
66 The Critique of Religion 252
67 Placing the Kyoto School 259
68 Studying the Kyoto School 261
69 Questions for World Philosophy 263
70 The Encounter between Buddhism and Christianity 267
71 Philosophy and Religion, East and West 269
Notes 275
Bibliography 345
Index 369
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