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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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The Kyoto School

The Kyoto School

(p.639) The Kyoto School
Japanese Philosophy
James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, John C. Maraldo
University of Hawai'i Press

This section provides an overview of the Kyoto School and its philosophical significance. Kyoto School thought most closely resembles what is termed “speculative philosophy” in the West. Unlike Western speculative philosophy, however, the Kyoto School typically defines any systematic principle of unification in negative terms, indeed in a manner that undermines the notion of a grounding principle. The single feature common to all the thinkers associated with the Kyoto School is their connection to Nishida Kitarō. This section first discusses the history of the Kyoto School before considering five interrelated factors that define its contours within the tradition of Japanese philosophy. It then presents translations of a variety of texts by Japanese philosophers associated with the Kyoto School, including Nishida Kitarō, Tanabe Hajime, Mutai Risaku, Miki Kiyoshi, Nishitani Keiji, Takeuchi Yoshinori, Abe Masao, Ueda Shizuteru, and Ōhashi Ryōsuke.

Keywords:   speculative philosophy, Kyoto School, Nishida Kitarō, Japanese philosophy, Japanese philosophers, Tanabe Hajime, Mutai Risaku, Miki Kiyoshi, Nishitani Keiji, Takeuchi Yoshinori

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