Rude Awakenings: Zen, the Kyoto School, and the Questions of Nationalism

Rude Awakenings: Zen, the Kyoto School, and the Questions of Nationalism

by James W. Heisig
     
 

To many scholars in the world of religious studies, Zen is a world apart from the world of politics, and the philosophy of the Kyoto school is a politically neutral blend of intellectual traditions East and West, Buddhist and Christian. This volume challenges those assumptions by focusing on the question of nationalism in the work of Japanese Buddhist thinkers during… See more details below

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To many scholars in the world of religious studies, Zen is a world apart from the world of politics, and the philosophy of the Kyoto school is a politically neutral blend of intellectual traditions East and West, Buddhist and Christian. This volume challenges those assumptions by focusing on the question of nationalism in the work of Japanese Buddhist thinkers during and after the Pacific War. Fifteen Japanese and Western scholars offer a variety of critical perspectives concerning the political responsibility of intellectuals and the concrete historical consequences of working within a religious or philosophical tradition. The first group of essays debates the role of Zen Buddhism in wartime Japan. A second group of essays examines the political thought and activities of Nishida Kitaro, the doyen of the Kyoto school. A third group of essays questions the complicity of other philosophers of the Kyoto school in the wartime spirit of nationalism and analyzes the ideas of modernity and the modern nation-state then current in Japan. This carefully documented volume offers a wealth of information and reflection for those interested in prewar and wartime history, Zen, Japanese philosophy, and the problem of nationalism today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824817466
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction
Contributors
Abbreviations and Conventions
Zen Buddhist Attitudes to War3
Ethical Pitfalls in Imperial Zen and Nishida Philosophy: Ichikawa Hakugen's Critique16
Whose Zen? Zen Nationalism Revisited40
D. T. Suzuki on Society and the State52
Nishida, Nationalism, and the War in Question77
Nishida and Totalitarianism: A Philosopher's Resistance107
The Return of the Past: Tradition and the Political Microcosm in the Later Nishida132
The Problem of Modernity in the Philosophy of Nishida151
Nationalism as Dialectics: Ethnicity, Moralism, and the State in Early Twentieth-Century Japan174
The Symposium on "Overcoming Modernity"197
Kyoto Philosophy - Intrinsically Nationalistic?233
Tanabe's Logic of the Specific and the Spirit of Nationalism255
The Chuokoron Discussions, Their Background and Meaning289
Nishitani Keiji and the Question of Nationalism316
Questioning Nationalism Now and Then: A Critical Approach to Zen and the Kyoto School333
Cumulative Index365

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