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Religion and Nothingness

Religion and Nothingness represents the major work of one of Japan's most powerful and committed philosophical minds.

Author : Keiji Nishitani

Release : 1983-10-06

Publisher : Univ of California Press

ISBN : 9780520049468

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In Religion and Nothingness the leading representative of the Kyoto School of Philosophy lays the foundation of thought for a world in the making, for a world united beyond the differences of East and West. Keiji Nishitani notes the irreversible trend of Western civilization to nihilism, and singles out the conquest of nihilism as the task for contemporary philosophy. Nihility, or relative nothingness, can only be overcome by being radicalized to Emptiness, or absolute nothingness. Taking absolute nothingness as the fundamental notion in rational explanations of the Eastern experience of human life, Professor Nishitani examines the relevance of this notion for contemporary life, and in particular for Western philosophical theories and religious believes. Everywhere his basic intention remains the same: to direct our modern predicament to a resolution through this insight. The challenge that the thought of Keiji Nishitani presents to the West, as a modern version of an Eastern speculative tradition that is every bit as old and as variegated as our own, is one that brings into unity the principle of reality and the principle of salvation. In the process, one traditional Western idea after another comes under scrutiny: the dichotomy of faith and reason, of being and substance, the personal and transcendent notions of God, the exaggerated role given to the knowing ego, and even the Judeo-Christian view of history itself. Religion and Nothingness represents the major work of one of Japan's most powerful and committed philosophical minds.

Empty Ethics

Author : Katherine Anne Narraway

Release : 2008

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Nanzan Studies in Religion and Culture

This series of meditations by one master on another provides a remarkable, living portrait of Nishida the person and conveys the enthusiasm he aroused in his students.

Author : Keiji Nishitani

Release : 1991

Publisher : Univ of California Press

ISBN : 9780520073647

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In recent years several books by major figures in Japan's modern philosophical tradition have appeared in English, exciting readers by their explorations of the borderlands between philosophy and religion. What has been wanting, however, is a book in a Western language to elucidate the life and thought of Nishida Kitaro (1870-1945), Japan's first philosopher of world stature and the originator of what has come to be called the Kyoto School. No one is more qualified to write such a book than Nishitani Keiji, whose lifetime coincides with the rise and flowering of the Kyoto School and whose own critical contribution to Japanese thought has been so important. Nishida Kitaro is a translation of essays Nishitani wrote about his teacher from 1936 to 1968 and published as a book in 1985. This series of meditations by one master on another provides a remarkable, living portrait of Nishida the person and conveys the enthusiasm he aroused in his students. Examining Nishida's most important work, An Inquiry into the Good, Nishitani penetrates to the core of his thought and presents it in language that is a marvel of clarity.

The Religious Philosophy of Nishitani Keiji

A collection of essays by scholars, theologians, and students originating from a symposium held to discuss the religious philosophy of one of the great 20th century religious philosophers of Japan.

Author : Taitetsu Unno

Release : 1989

Publisher : Jain Publishing Company

ISBN : 089581871X

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A collection of essays by scholars, theologians, and students originating from a symposium held to discuss the religious philosophy of one of the great 20th century religious philosophers of Japan. The topics cover the meaning of emptiness in relation to God, science, ethics and history.

Last Writings

This book--a translation of the most seminal work of Nishida's career--also includes a translation of his "Last Writing" (Zeppitsu), written just two days before his death.

Author : Nishida Kitaro

Release : 1993-06-01

Publisher : University of Hawaii Press

ISBN : 9780824815547

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Nishida Kitarô, Japan's premier modern philosopher, was born in 1870 and grew to intellectual maturity in the final decades of the Meiji period (1868–1912). He achieved recognition as Japan's leading establishment philosopher during his tenure as professor of philosophy at Kyoto University. After his retirement in 1927, and until his death in 1945, Nishida published a continuous stream of original essays that can best be described as intercivilizational, a meeting point of East and West. His final essay, "The Logic of the Place of Nothingness and the Religious Worldview," completed in the last few months before his death, is a summation of his philosophy of religion and has come to be regarded as the foundational text of the Kyoto school. It is one of the few places in his writings where Nishida draws openly and freely on East Asian Buddhist sources as analogs of his own ideas. Here Nishida argues for the existential primordiality of the religious consciousness against Kant, while also critically engaging the thought of such authors as Aristotle, the Christian Neo-Platonists, Spinoza, Fichte, Hegel, Barth, and Tillich. He makes it clear that he is also indebted to Pascal, Kierkegaard, and Dostoievsky as well as to Nâgârjuna, the Ch'an masters, Shinran, Dôgen, and other Buddhist thinkers. This book--a translation of the most seminal work of Nishida's career--also includes a translation of his "Last Writing" (Zeppitsu), written just two days before his death.

Christianity and the Notion of Nothingness

The Christian philosopher Muto Kazuo contributed substantially to the predominantly Buddhist “Kyoto School of Philosophy.” Through critical exchange with its representatives, he opened up new perceptions of Christian faith, enabled ...

Author : Kazuo MUT?

Release : 2012-03-19

Publisher : BRILL

ISBN : 9004228403

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The Christian philosopher Muto Kazuo contributed substantially to the predominantly Buddhist “Kyoto School of Philosophy.” Through critical exchange with its representatives, he opened up new perceptions of Christian faith, enabled mutual understanding between Buddhism and Christianity, and challenged the Western dialectical method.

The Buddha-Christ as the Lord of the True Self

The Principal Work: Religion and Nothingness (chapters 1 and 2) What Nishitani
deals with in the essays on various themes in the preceding material and why
they exhibit changing points of view is the problem of "Science and Religion" ...

Author : Fritz Buri

Release : 1997

Publisher : Mercer University Press

ISBN : 9780865545366

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This translation of a 1982 volume published in Bern (Paul Haupt Verlag) by a Swiss theologian with a longstanding interest in dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity features an examination of the Kyoto school of Japanese philosophers who attempted to engage with both Christianity and secular Wes

Philosophers of Nothingness

... a young scholar from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Raquel
Bouso, to join us at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya,
Japan, to complete her Spanish translation of Nishitani Keiji's Religion and
Nothingness.

Author : James W. Heisig

Release : 2001-05-01

Publisher : University of Hawaii Press

ISBN : 9780824824815

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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.

God, the Self, and Nothingness

Author : Robert Edgar Carter

Release : 1990

Publisher : Paragon House

ISBN :

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Nots

In his important work , Religion and Nothingness ( 1982 ) , Keiji Nishitani , who is
the leading figure in the Kyoto school , attempts to interpret Buddhist notions of
nihility and emptiness through Western philosophical categories . Though initially
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Author : Mark C. Taylor

Release : 1993-08-15

Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN : 9780226791319

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The Uses of Paradox

In Religion and Nothingness Keiji Nishitani, the well-known representative of the
so-called Kyoto School, describes “an elemental and truly original intellection,”
an ineffable “knowing of non-knowing” which can only be expressed in a paradox
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Author : Matthew C. Bagger

Release : 2007-08-14

Publisher : Columbia University Press

ISBN : 023151185X

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In this groundbreaking comparative study, Matthew Bagger investigates the role of paradox in Western and Asian religious discourse. Drawing on both philosophy and social scientific theory, he offers a naturalistic explanation of religion's oft-noted propensity to sublime paradox and argues that religious thinkers employ intractable paradoxes as the basis for various techniques of self-transformation. Considering the writings of Kierkegaard, Pseudo-Dionysus, St. John of the Cross, N?g?rjuna, and Chuang-tzu, among others, Bagger identifies two religious uses of paradox: cognitive asceticism, which wields the psychological discomfort of paradox as an instrument of self-transformation, and mysticism, which seeks to transform the self through an alleged extraordinary cognition that ineffably comprehends paradox. Bagger contrasts these techniques of self-transformation with skepticism, which cultivates the appearance of contradiction in order to divest a person of beliefs altogether. Bagger further contends that a thinker's social attitudes determine his or her response to paradox. Attitudes concerning crossing the boundary of a social group prefigure attitudes concerning supposed truths that lie beyond the boundaries of understanding. Individuals who fear crossing the boundary of their social group and would prohibit them tend to use paradox ascetically, while individuals who find the controlled incorporation of outsiders enriching commonly find paradox revelatory. Although scholars have long noted that religious discourse seems to cultivate and perpetuate paradox, their scholarship tends to ratify religious attitudes toward paradox instead of explaining the unusual reaction paradox provokes. A vital contribution to discussions of mystical experience, The Uses of Paradox reveals how much this experience relies on social attitudes and cosmological speculation.

Clothed in Nothingness

Clothed in Nothingness provides practical and theological considerations for pastoral care and insights from the Lutheran tradition for coping with suffering.

Author : Leonard M. Hummel

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Publisher : Fortress Press

ISBN : 9781451412949

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Clothed in Nothingness provides practical and theological considerations for pastoral care and insights from the Lutheran tradition for coping with suffering.

Flight from Eden

But religion was not a stable foundation for much of anything since it was always
paired with sacrilege or nothingness . So from religion we turned to the possibility
that the essence was a relational structure . Now we find ourselves alone again ...

Author : Steven Cassedy

Release : 1990-01-01

Publisher : Univ of California Press

ISBN : 9780520068636

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"German--and particularly French--sources of the revolution that has occurred in literary theory during the past thirty years have long been recognized. The Russian contribution to these events has been hinted at previously, but Cassedy documents in detail the extraordinary work of Potebnya, Veselovskij, and other figures virtually unknown in the West. . . . An important contribution to intellectual history and literary theory."--Michael Holquist, author of Dostoevsky and the Novel "An astonishing number of complex movements and ideas--from Humboldt through Russian and French Symbolists to Heidegger, Husserl, Roman Jakobson and the deconstructors, from symbology to logology and iconology--begin to fit together in this wide-ranging and provocative book. . . . Cassedy's book will outrage some readers, delight others, and enlighten all."--Caryl Emerson, author of Boris Godunov: Transpositions of a Russian Theme

The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies

Religion and Nothingness, trans. J. van Bragt (Berkeley: University of California
Press). Noda, M. (1954). East West Synthesis in Kitaro Nishida, Philosophy East
and West 4: 345–9. Plato. (1970). Timaeus, in R.M. Hare and D.A. Russell (eds),
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Author : Jenny Helin

Release : 2014-05-15

Publisher : OUP Oxford

ISBN : 0191648108

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Process approaches to organization studies focus on flow, activities, and evolution, understanding organizations and organizing as processes in the making. They stand in contrast to positivist approaches that see organizations and phenomena as fixed, static, and measurable. Process approaches draw on a range of ideas and philosophies. The Handbook examines 34 philosophers and social theorists, both those commonly linked to process thinking, such as Whitehead, Bergson and James, and those that are not as often addressed from a process perspective such as Dilthey and Tarde. Each chapter addresses the background and context of this thinker, their work (with a focus on the processual elements), and the potential contribution to organization and management research. For students and scholars in the field of Organization Studies this book is an entry point into the work of philosophical thinkers and social theorists for whom the world is far from being a solid place.

Rediscovering the West

An Inquiry Into Nothingness and Relatedness Stephen C. Rowe. EIGHT Standing
Our ... 1 The second is from Paul Tillich: The way is to penetrate into the depth of
one's own religion, in devotion, thought and action. In the depth of every living ...

Author : Stephen C. Rowe

Release : 1994-08-16

Publisher : SUNY Press

ISBN : 9780791419922

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An inquiry into how westerners can tap into their own philosophical and spiritual traditions to grow beyond their unsteadiness of relations, inner dullness, and underlying absence of vision or orientation; and become more alert, compassionate, and intelligent. Reviews the Zen worldview and such western traditions as the mystical Christ, Socrates, and Jesus as Christ; and describes how to learn relatedness through practice rather than mere thinking. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger

See Bret W. Davis, “Forms of Emptiness in Zen,” in ed. Steven ... Nishitani Keiji,
Shūkyō to wa nanika [What is Religion?], Nishitani Keiji chosakushū [Collected
Works of Nishitani Keiji] ... 10, 108; Nishitani Keiji, Religion and Nothingness,
trans.

Author : Francois Raffoul

Release : 2013-06-20

Publisher : A&C Black

ISBN : 1441141618

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Martin Heidegger is one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers. His ground-breaking works have had a hugely significant impact on contemporary thought through their reception, appropriation and critique. His thought has influenced philosophers as diverse as Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, Adorno, Gadamer, Levinas, Derrida and Foucault, among others. In addition to his formative role in philosophical movements such as phenomenology, hermeneutics and existentialism, structuralism and post-structuralism, deconstruction and post-modernism, Heidegger has had a transformative effect on diverse fields of inquiry including political theory, literary criticism, theology, gender theory, technology and environmental studies. The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger is the definitive reference guide to Heidegger's life and work, presenting fifty-eight original essays written by an international team of leading Heidegger scholars. The volume includes comprehensive coverage of Heidegger life and contexts, sources, influences and encounters, key writings, major themes and topics, and reception and influence. This is the ideal research tool for anyone studying or working in the field of Heidegger Studies today.

Modern Japanese Aesthetics

The Kyoro school developed in the department of philosophy and religion of
Kyoto University around the figure of the ... Nishida argued I . Jan Van Bragr, "
Translator's Introduction," in Keiji Nishitani, Religion and Nothingness (Berkeley:
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Author : Michael F. Marra

Release : 2001-09-30

Publisher : University of Hawaii Press

ISBN : 9780824820770

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This is the first work in English on the history of the Japanese philosophy of art, from its inception in the 1870s to the present.

Japan and the Japanese

But in order that this end should be real, it must be Nothingness, or the Nirwāna.
... than one-third of the entire human race has no other creed than that of
Buddhism, that worship without God, that religion of Nothingness invented by
despair.

Author : Aimé Humbert

Release : 2015-04-27

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 110808107X

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The 1874 English translation of a Swiss diplomat's well-illustrated description of life under the Tokugawa shogunate in its final years.

The Bible in a World Context

New York: Greenwood, 1988); idem, Intuition and Reflection in Self-
Consciousness (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1987); idem, Last
Writings: Nothingness and the Religious Worldview (Honolulu: University of
Hawaii Press, ...

Author : Walter Dietrich

Release : 2002

Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN : 9780802849885

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In the West, the Bible is largely read and studied abstractly, without context. This is unfortunate since the meaning and value of Scripture are rooted, first, in the contextual situations of its readers. The West has much to learn from voices in places like Latin America, Africa, and Asia, where people are reading and studying the Bible in direct relation to the often trying circumstances of their daily lives.The Bible in a World Context is an engaging work that offers a fresh look at the subjects of Bible reading and hermeneutics from a global perspective. Three rising scholars representing three distinct geographical regions each contribute to the volume a programmatic essay on hermeneutics and a shorter Bible study on Luke 2:1-20, the account of Jesus' birth. In showing the role that context plays in interpretation, these chapters demonstrate a contextual hermeneutics that brings familiar biblical texts to life in new and important ways.

The Cult of Nothingness

Cult of Nothingness: The Philosophers and the Buddha

Author : Roger-Pol Droit

Release : 2003

Publisher : UNC Press Books

ISBN : 9780807854495

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Cult of Nothingness: The Philosophers and the Buddha