Japanese and Continental Philosophy
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Recognizing the importance of the Kyoto School and its influence on philosophy, politics, religion, and Asian studies, Japanese and Continental Philosophy initiates a conversation between Japanese and Western philosophers. The essays in this cross-cultural volume put Kyoto School thinkers in conversation with German Idealism, Nietzsche, phenomenology, and other figures and schools of the continental tradition such as Levinas and Irigaray. Set in the context of global philosophy, this volume offers critical, innovative, and productive dialogue between some of the most influential philosophical figures from East and West.


Bret W. Davis is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland.

Brian Schroeder is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jason M. Wirth is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University.


Abbreviations of Works by the Kyoto School
Introduction: Conversations on an Ox Path
Part 1. The Kyoto School and Dialogue
1. Contributions to Dialogue with the Kyoto School / Ueda Shizuteru
2. Dialogue and Appropriation: The Kyoto School as Cross-Cultural Philosophy / Bret W. Davis
3. Tanabe Hajime's Logic of Species and the Philosophy of Nishida Kitar: A Critical Dialogue within the Kyoto School / Sugimoto Kichi
Part 2. Self and World
4. Philosophy as Auto-Bio-Graphy: The Example of the Kyoto School / hashi Rysuke
5. Nishitani after Nietzsche: From the Death of God to the Great Death of the Will / Bret W. Davis
6. Empty Soul, Empty World: Nietzsche and Nishitani / David Jones
7. Ueda Shizuteru's Phenomenology of Self and World: Critical Dialogues with Descartes, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty / Steffen Döll
Part 3. God and Nothingness
8. Nothing Gives: Marion and Nishida on Gift-giving and God / John C. Maraldo
9. Language Games, Selflessness, and the Death of God: A/Theology in Contemporary Zen Philosophy and Deconstruction / Gereon Kopf
10. Buddha and God: Nishida's Contributions to a New Apocalyptic Theology / Thomas J. J. Altizer
Part 4. Ethics and Politics
11. Other-Power and Absolute Passivity in Tanabe and Levinas / Brian Schroeder
12. Beyond the Binary: Watsuji Testur and Luce Irigaray on Body, Self, and Ethics / Erin McCarthy
13. Overcoming Modernity: A Critical Response to the Kyoto School / Bernard Stevens
14. Heidegger and Japanese Fascism: An Unsubstantiated Connection / Graham Parkes
Part 5. Grammar, Art, and Imagination
15. The Middle Voice of Emptiness: Nishida and Nishitani / Rolf Elberfeld
16. Truly Nothing: The Kyoto School and Art / Jason M. Wirth
17. Logos and Pathos: Miki Kiyoshi's Logic of the Imagination / Fujita Masakatsu
List of Contributors