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James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, and John C. Maraldo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835521

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835521.001.0001

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Beginnings, Definitions, Disputations

Beginnings, Definitions, Disputations

(p.553) Beginnings, Definitions, Disputations
Japanese Philosophy
James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, John C. Maraldo
University of Hawai'i Press

This section provides an overview of Modern Academic Philosophy in Japan, with particular emphasis on disputations about terminology and the beginnings of philosophy. It first looks at the introduction of Western philosophy into Japan in the mid-sixteenth century, courtesy of Catholic missionaries who taught Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas in seminaries and appealed to proofs for the existence of God in disputations held with Buddhists. It then considers the Western analytic approach and the Eastern holistic way, along with Inoue Enryō's 1886 essay An Evening of Philosophical Conversation. It also discusses the origins of Japanese philosophy as a formal academic discipline before presenting translations of a variety of texts by Japanese philosophers, including Nishi Amane, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Nakae Chōmin, Inoue Tetsujirō, Inoue Enryō, and Ōnishi Hajime.

Keywords:   philosophy, Modern Academic Philosophy, Japan, Western philosophy, Inoue Enryō, Japanese philosophy, Japanese philosophers, Nishi Amane, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Inoue Tetsujirō

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