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Philosophers of Nothingness: An Essay on the Kyoto School (Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture)

James W. Heisig

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ISBN 10: 0824824806 / ISBN 13: 9780824824808
Published by University of Hawaii Press, 2001
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Title: Philosophers of Nothingness: An Essay on the...

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

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The past twenty years have seen the publication of numerous translations and commentaries on the principal philosophers of the Kyoto School, but so far no general overview and evaluation of their thought has been available, either in Japanese or in Western languages. James Heisig, a longstanding participant in these efforts, has filled that gap with Philosophers of Nothingness. In this extensive study, the ideas of Nishida Kitaro, Tanabe Hajime, and Nishitani Keiji are presented both as a consistent school of thought in its own right and as a challenge to the Western philosophical tradition to open itself to the original contribution of Japan.

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Excellent ... firmly situates Nishida in conversation with two other major Kyoto School figures: Tanabe Hajime and Nishitani Keiji --Religious Studies Review 30 (2004)

A signal achievement. Heisig weaves biographical narrative, contextual elaboration, philosophical explication, and critical analysis effortlessly (it appears), resulting in a fascinating and absorbing reading experience. --Buddhist-Christian Studies 24 (2004)

A very good book ... no small contribution to making the philosophies of nothingness simply compelling --Philosophy East and West 54 (2004)
Heisig's book stands out as one of the most insightful and fascinating studies of the philosophies of the Kyoto school that simultaneously contributes to scholarship on and functions as an introduction to the philosophies of nothingness. --H-Net Reviews (March 2004)
Philosophers of Nothingness has great merit as a broad-based study of the Kyoto school --Monumenta Nipponica 58 (2003)

This book will be of interest to anyone involved in the study of continental philosophy, particularly phenomenology, as well as those interested in Zen and Pure Land Buddhism. In addition, the book is an interesting historical chronicle in that it documents the opening of Japan's borders to the West and the subsequent Japanese academic response to Western ideas. --Journal of Buddhist Ethics 10 (2003) (Read full review)
Magisterial --Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 29 (2002) (Download full review)
Long-awaited ... certain to remain a reference point for future studies, not only about Japanese intellectual history, but also about the vast and heterogeneous phenomenon of interreligious dialogue, as well as the history of world philosophy --Buddhist Studies Review 19 (2002)
A formidable research resource.... After the impressive rigor displayed in the collection of essays he published with John C. Maraldo in 1994, under the title Rude Awakenings: Zen, the Kyoto School, & the Question of Nationalism, Heisig has now presented Japan studies with his most compelling achievement to date. He has won new glory for the discipline. We are in his debt. --Japan Times (29 July 2001)
In Heisig the Kyoto philosophers appear to have found a commentator who sufficiently approaches their own intellectual stature to re-live their own adventures of ideas. --Jan Van Bragt, Professor Emeritus, Nanzan University
This is a book I have long waited for--lucidly written, insightful, deeply informed. Not only those already interested in Japanese philosophy should read it, but anyone who values the original contributions of contemporary world-class philosophers. --John Maraldo, University of North Florida
Supersedes in nearly every respect every other critical study of the Kyoto School. Heisig writes with exemplary clarity about topics that have traditionally reveled in obscurity. An extraordinary accomplishment. --Thomas Kasulis, Ohio State University
Heisig's book is certain to remain a reference point for future studies, not only about Japanese intellectual history, but also about the vast and heterogeneous phenomenon of interreligious dialouge, as well as the history of world philosophy. - Matteo Cestari, Buddhist Studies Review, Vol 19:2 (2002) This remarkable book discusses the Kyoto School of philosophy, originating in the works of Nishida Kitaro, his principal diciple Tanabe Hajime, and the exceptionally gifted Nishitani Keiji, perhaps the most outstanding of these thinkers. - M.F. Nefsky, University of Lethbridge, CHOICE, Vol 39: No 6 (February 2002) Heisig's book stands out as one of the most insightful and fascinating studies of the philosophies of the Kyoto school that simultaneously contributes to scholarship on and functions as an introduction to the philosophies of nothingness. - Gereon Kopf, Luther College, H-Net Review (March, 2004) Philosophers of Nothingness is an important contribution to the understanding contributions of a group of philosophers whose achievements are far reaching. - Diana L. Pasulka, University of North Carolina, Journal of Buddhist Ethicsm (2003) LEFT OFF AT JJRS PDF

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