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Book Review: Robert Wilkinson, Nishida and Western Philosophy
Author Heisig, James W.
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.37 n.1
Pages178 - 182
PublisherNanzan Institute for Religion and Culture=南山宗教文化研究所
Publisher Url
Location名古屋, 日本 [Nagoya, Japan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article; 書評=Book Review
NoteSpecial issue: Religion and the Japanese Empire.

Surrey: Ashgate, 2009. 175 pp. Hardcover, £55. isbn 978-0-7546-
AbstractRobert Wilkinson has given Western philosophers a first-rate introduction to the thought of Japan’s preeminent modern philosopher, Nishida Kitarō. I know of no single monograph, in any Western language, to compare with it for its careful, critical, and comprehensive treatment of Nishida’s wrestle with the thought of Aristotle, Plato, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, James, and Bergson. But more than a simple account of this important chapter in the history of philosophy, Wilkinson’s book argues in detail a thesis more often repeated than demonstrated textually with any thoroughness: that Nishida’s consistent project was to articulate, in a rational form derived from Western philosophies, the core of the Zen experience of satori. His conclusion is that the project succeeded precisely insofar as it failed to achieve that aim and drove him to formulate his own categorical framework, an achievement that the author judges “a significant addition to human philosophical understanding” (161)...
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date2010.08.12
Modified date2017.09.07

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