Publication Year: 2011
The Sourcebook editors have set out to represent the entire Japanese philosophical tradition—not only the broad spectrum of academic philosophy dating from the introduction of Western philosophy in the latter part of the nineteenth century, but also the philosophical ideas of major Japanese traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shinto. The philosophical significance of each tradition is laid out in an extensive overview, and each selection is accompanied by a brief biographical sketch of its author and helpful information on placing the work in its proper context. The bulk of the supporting material, which comprises nearly a quarter of the volume, is given to original interpretive essays on topics not explicitly covered in other chapters: cultural identity, samurai thought, women philosophers, aesthetics, bioethics.
An introductory chapter provides a historical overview of Japanese philosophy and a discussion of the Japanese debate over defining the idea of philosophy, both of which help explain the rationale behind the design of the Sourcebook. An exhaustive glossary of technical terminology, a chronology of authors, and a thematic index are appended. Specialists will find information related to original sources and sinographs for Japanese names and terms in a comprehensive bibliography and general index.
Handsomely presented and clearly organized for ease of use, Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook will be a cornerstone in Japanese studies for decades to come. It will be an essential reference for anyone interested in traditional or contemporary Japanese culture and the way it has shaped and been shaped by its great thinkers over the centuries.
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
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The idea that people of different cultures actually think differently has been slow to find its way into the heart of western philosophy. Over the past century or so, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, and cognitive . . .
Prelude The ShÅtoku Constitution
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Of the three streams of ethico-religious culture shaping Japanese philosophy over the past fourteen centuriesâShinto, Confucianism, and Buddhismâ Buddhism has been the most influential in shaping how the . . .
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Likely the most famous Buddhist figure in Japan, KÅ«kai founded the Japanese 'Shingon' (âTruth Wordâ or âMantraâ) School of Esoteric ('Vajrayana') . . .
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Kakuban was the most creative and influential 'Shingon' philosophical thinker after KÅ«kai*. Born in Kyushu, he became a monk in Kyoto at Ninna-ji. Rising through the ranks to become abbot of the Shingon monastic center on . . .
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A Japanese monk ordained in both the 'Shingon' and 'Kegon' heritages, MyÅe was an original and restive thinker who straddled the borders of traditional Buddhism and new directions of his age. His theory of universal salvation . . .
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Among the founders of new Buddhist movements in the Kamakura period (1192â1333), Nichiren stands out for his strident opposition to the religious and political authorities of the day. Basing his teachings on an original . . .
Original Enlightenment Debates
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The Buddhist term âoriginal enlightenmentâ plays a special role in the development of Japanese Buddhist thought as a nonsectarian concept that represents specifically Japanese variations on the core theme of realizing . . .
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Jiun Sonja was a leading Buddhist reformer, scholar, and apologist during the Edo period (1600â1868). At a time when the Buddhist establishment was increasingly occupied with tasks imposed on it by the Tokugawa government, . . .
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As an undergraduate at Tokyo Imperial University, Ishizu Teruji specialized in religious studies. Among his teachers were Anesaki Masaharu (1873â1949), an internationally known pioneer in the study of Japanese religions, . . .
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Nakamura Hajime was one of the leading representatives of twentiethcentury scholarship in Buddhology and Indian philosophy. After completing undergraduate studies at Tokyo Imperial University in 1936, he went on to doctoral . . .
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Tamaki KÅshirÅ graduated in 1940 from what was then the Tokyo Imperial University and taught there from 1959 until his retirement in 1976, after which he taught at TÅhoku University and Nihon University. Along with . . .
The Zen Tradition
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The Kamakura period (1185â1333) was a time of political upheaval, conflict, and an unusual series of natural disasters. The aristocracy had lost its political power to the newly risen samurai who aspired to capture the cultural . . .
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In Japanese religious history, DÅgen (1200â1253) is revered as the founder of the Japanese school of SÅtÅ Zen Buddhism. Tradition says he was born of an aristocratic family, orphaned, and at the age of twelve . . .
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MusÅ Soseki was one of the central figures in the extraordinary first generation of native-born and native-trained Japanese Zen masters who oversaw Zenâs emergence as a widespread spiritual and cultural force in fourteenth-century Japan. . . .
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IkkyÅ« lived at a time marked by social unrest, a struggle for power, and large-scale destruction of Kyotoâs treasured monuments. It was also a time of an overturning of traditional values and of great creativity in classical arts and . . .
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Beginning as a nine-year-old novice monk of poor farmer-warrior origins, by the age of thirty-six Takuan SÅhÅ had risen to become abbot of Daitoku-ji, the imperial Rinzai Zen monastic complex in Kyoto. Takuanâs Zen was . . .
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After serving for several years as an officer of the guard at Osaka Castle, Suzuki ShÅsan shaved his head and spent two years wandering, homeless and in a life of severe austerity. He entered a temple and was ordained, but gradually became . . .
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A Zen master in the MyÅshin-ji lineage of the Rinzai School, ShidÅ Bunan (or Munan) is best known for his teaching that the best approach to Zen would be âto die while you are aliveâ and then try to remain that way for the rest of . . .
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Bankei was a Zen monk of the Rinzai School who, after studying with both Japanese and immigrant Chinese Zen masters, initially settled into a quiet life away from the major cities, tending to the spiritual needs of his local . . .
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Born into a working class family, Hakuin Ekaku was attracted to Buddhism at an early age, studying its literature before dedicating himself to Zen practice at the age of twenty-two. Confident of his âawakeningâ two years later, he went . . .
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During the final decades of the early modern period (1600â1868), Confucian scholars intensified their long-standing criticisms of Buddhism, depicting it as immoral and economically wasteful. Imakita KÅsen, an important Rinzai Zen . . .
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Suzuki Daisetsu (TeitarÅ) enjoyed an extraordinarily productive career bringing Zen Buddhist ideas to the West. Born in Kanazawa, he grew up with Nishida KitarÅ*, Japanâs most famous modern philosopher. While taking classes at . . .
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Born into a Pure Land Buddhist family and raised in Gifu Prefecture, already as a child Hisamatsu intended to become a 'Pure Land' priest. As he came into contact with scientific knowledge and critical reasoning, however, he found . . .
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Karaki JunzÅ was active throughout the ShÅwa period more as a critic than a philosopher professionally trained in western sources. He studied under Nishida KitarÅ* at Kyoto University and remained indebted to the thinking of Kyoto . . .
The Pure Land Tradition
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Like almost all forms of Japanese Buddhism, the Pure Land tradition was formulated in China in the sixth and seventh centuries, based on Indian scriptures that were interpreted according to indigenous Chinese thinking. . . .
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Often referred to as the founder of a movement scholars call âKamakura Buddhismâ and revered by the "Pure Land" sect of Buddhism as its founder, HÅnen in fact spent his entire adult life as a traditional monk in the Tendai School, . . .
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The words and ideas of Shinran are probably more influential in Japan today than those of any other Buddhist thinker. Historically, he was the youngest of a small inner circle of disciples that formed . . .
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Kiyozawa Manshi, who lived and wrote in the last decades of the nineteenth century, left an impression on generations of philosophers after him, including Nishida KitarÅ*. As one of the first generation studying western philosophy at . . .
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Soga RyÅjin was one of the most innovative Buddhist thinkers of the twentieth century, but unlike some of the other philosophical minds of modern Japan, he focused on his own tradition of 'Shin Pure Land Buddhism' throughout . . .
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As a young man Yasuda developed a serious interest in Zen and then 'Shin Buddhist' thought. After the death of his mother, at age twenty Yasuda traveled to Kyoto, where he continued his study of both forms of Buddhism, in the end . . .
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The standard translation of âphilosophyâ that emerged in the Meiji period (1868â1912) was a neologism fraught with ancient and modern Confucian nuances. Yet far more powerful than the new word tetsugaku for . . .
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Aristocratic by birth and a Zen Buddhist by early education, Fujiwara Seika developed a passion for Chinese philosophy while a monk at the monastery of ShÅkoku-ji in Kyoto. Seika eventually renounced Buddhism and served various . . .
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Hayashi Nobukatsu received training from an early age in Zen Buddhism at Kennin-ji in his native Kyoto, but soon turned his attention to neo-Confucian thought, which had been greatly . . .
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Though born in a peasant village in Åmi province, Nakae TÅju was adopted by his grandfather, a samurai living on the island of Shikoku, where TÅju was trained in Confucian thought for service to the local daimyÅ. He has the . . .
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Yamazaki Ansai was both the most faithful and virtually unquestioning exponent of Zhu Xiâs neo-Confucian philosophy in Tokugawa Japan as well as a later pioneer of a syncretistic religious-philosophical system affirming the fundamental . . .
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A major Japanese advocate of the neo-Confucian philosophy of Wang Yangming, Kumazawa Banzan gravitated from the metaphysical toward more practical, sociopolitical, and economic applications of that intuitive, mind-centered . . .
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Although born the son of a rÅnin in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Yamaga SokÅ became the first major neo-Confucian scholar to mature from the new intellectual milieu crystallizing in Edo, the shÅgunâs capital. . . .
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ItÅ Jinsaiâs family moved to Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital, towards the end of the sixteenth century, just before Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543â1616) was to consolidate the samurai rule of . . .
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Kaibara Ekken, a prominent Japanese neo-Confucian scholar, who has been called the âAris totle of Japanâ because of his study of natural history, was born on the island of Kyushu. Until the age of fourteen . . .
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SatÅ Naokata was one of the most orthodox advocates of Zhu Xiâs neo- Confucian philosophy in the early eighteenth century. Born in southwestern Japan, he studied neo-Confucianism with Yamazaki Ansai* in Kyoto, at a time when the . . .
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Born in Åmi Province, Asami Keisai was trained first as a physician and later studied with Yamazaki Ansai* in nearby Kyoto, where he was to spend the remainder of his life teaching his verson of Ansaiâs âorthodoxâ reading of Zhu Xiâs . . .
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Arai Hakuseki, a contemporary and rival of OgyÅ« Sorai*, served the Toku gawa 'shogunate' in the capacity of a Confucian scholar for a number of years. During this period he attempted to persuade the shÅgun Ienobu to take . . .
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OgyÅ« Sorai formulated one of the most politically oriented, authoritarian statements of Confucian philosophy to emerge from Japan. While claiming to do little more than offer a systematic exposition of . . .
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Ishida Baigan was a clerk at a dry-goods shop in Kyoto who dedicated himself to book learning early in the morning and late at night while his fellowworkers were sleeping. In 1729 he quit his job and began to give free lectures to the . . .
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Arguably one of the most systematic and profound metaphysical theorists of the early modern period, AndÅ ShÅeki was virtually unknown as a philosopher in his own day. . . .
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Tominaga Nakamoto was born and raised in Osaka, the son of a soy merchant who was one of the founders of the KaitokudÅ academy, a center of neo- Confucian philosophizing for merchants and townspeople. Though he passed away . . .
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Born into a prosperous merchant family of Kyoto, Teshima Toan became a follower of Ishida Baigan* in early adulthood and eventually inherited the leadership of the
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Miura Baien lived in the small village of Tominaga (present-day Oita prefecture) on the island of Kyushu, where he taught and developed his philosophical ideas. In the meantime, he maintained contacts with neo-Confucian scholars, . . .
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Ninomiya Sontoku was born into a dysfunctional family, but through dedicated hard work, a fascination with learning, and a survival-driven devotion to self-help, he was able to attain high office, an impressive following, and a legacy in . . .
Shinto and Native Studies
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Four elements of ancient Japanese culture formed the basis for a series of philosophical reflections and analyses that culminated in the eighteenth century with a movement called Native Studies. The first . . .
Kamo no Mabuchi
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Born in Hamamatsu to a family with ancestral connections to Shinto, Kamo no Mabuchiâs early education took place in local scholarly circles that combined Shinto studies with the study of 'waka' poetry. In 1728 Mabuchi enrolled as a . . .
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Motoori Norinaga, the preeminent scholar of the early modern nativist movement known as Kokugaku, was born to a cotton wholesaler in the town of Matsusaka. In 1852, he went to . . .
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Fujitani Mitsue, or Narimoto as he was also known, was born into a prominent family of intellectuals in Kyoto. His father, Fujitani Nariakira was an erudite and imaginative scholar who authored several works analyzing Japanese . . .
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Hirata Atsutane, one of the most influential religious and political figures of the first half of the nineteenth century, was active in establishing what would later come to be known as restoration Shinto. Born the . . .
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Åkuni Takamasa was born into a samurai family in the Tsuwano domain compound of Edo. At age fourteen he joined the school of Hirata Atsutane* as one of the first disciples and at the same time he received . . .
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Accomplished as a neo-nativist folklorist, Shinto theologian, scholar of classical literature, and tanka poet (writing under the name Shaku ChÅkÅ«), Orikuchi Shinobu was born in the rural surroundings of Osaka. He moved to Tokyo . . .
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Four years after completing a masterâs degree in religious studies at the Shinto-affiliated Kokugakuin University in Tokyo with a thesis on the psychology of religion, Ueda Kenji moved to Harvard University to study with Paul Tillich. He . . .
Modern Academic Philosophy
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Modern Academic Philosophy in Japan began with disputations about the meaning and scope of the very term philosophy. The word and the discipline it designated entered Japan in the mid-nineteenth century as part . . .
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Nishi Amane is known for his pioneering work in introducing European philosophy and other disciplines into Japan. Born in the Tsuwano domain (presentday Tsuwano town in Shimane Prefecture), he was educated in Zhu Xi philosophy .. .
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Fukuzawa Yukichi, in his own estimation, was the initiator, or at least an inspiration for, many of the reforms that took place during Japanâs process of modernization. Be that as it may, his was a strong dissenting voice against the . . .
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Nakae ChÅmin (Nakae Tokusuke) was a journalist, an advocate of natural rights, free thinker, and politician. From 1862, he began to study âWestern Learningâ and the French language. As part of a government mission to Europe, he lived in . . .
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Inoue TetsujirÅ was one of the most important figures in the formation of philosophy as an academic discipline in Japan. His concern with the confusion surrounding philosophical concepts and categories in the Meiji period prompted . . .
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Inoue EnryÅ was probably the most influential and prolific Buddhist theorist of the Meiji period. He was expected to become a priest in the True 'Pure Land' sect of Buddhism, but after studying philosophy in Tokyo, decided to go his . . .
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Ånishi Hajime, philosopher, Christian apologist and social critic, studied theology at DÅshisha EigakkÅ (present-day DÅshisha University) from 1877 to 1884, and then philosophy at Tokyo Imperial University from 1885 to 1889. He . . .
The Kyoto School
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Because of the important place it is recognized to have in the intellectual history of Japan, the Kyoto School has been extracted from the rest of twentieth-century philosophy for special treatment. Nishida KitarÅ* and the . . .
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Nishida KitarÅ, generally considered Japanâs greatest academic philosopher, made it his lifelong task to wed the spiritual awareness cultivated through a decade of Zen practice with modern philosophy. . . .
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Tanabe Hajime was first drawn to philosophy through his study of mathematics and the natural sciences. His early work on the philosophy of science brought him into contact with the neo-Kantians, which inspired . . .
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Mutai Risaku, a peripheral figure of the Kyoto School, was first attracted to psychology, but during his time under Nishida KitarÅ* at Kyoto University he was persuaded to secure a solid basis in philosophy from Kant to the present day. . . .
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Miki Kiyoshi is a tragic figure among the Kyoto School philosophers. He studied under Nishida KitarÅ* and Tanabe Hajime* in Kyoto and then under Martin Heidegger in Freiburg. He was gifted with both keen philosophical insight . . .
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Less a metaphysician than a historian of philosophy, KÅsaka Masaaki was concerned with the continuity between ânation and cultureâ in the historical world. This shows up in his 1937 work . . .
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Nishitani Keiji was born 27 February 1900 in a small town on the Japan Sea. He was fourteen when his father died of tuberculosis, a disease from which . . .
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After studying philosophy in Kyoto University under Nishida KitarÅ* and Tanabe Hajime*, with a concentration on Leibniz and the philosophy of science and mathematics, Shimomura ToratarÅ began his teaching career in Tokyo. . . .
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KÅyama Iwaoâs broad interests in philosophyâranging from history, society, and politics to logic, education, and ethicsâreflect his education at Kyoto University, where he studied under such illustrious figures as Nishida KitarÅ,* . . .
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Takeuchi Yoshinori was born in 1913 in the northern city of Sendai, Japan. He studied philosophy under Tanabe Hajime*, concentrating on Hegelâs Phenomenology of Mind and then broadening out to other major German philosophers
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Following the trail that had been blazed by D. T. Suzuki,* Abe Masao spent over thirty years in dialogue with western philosophers and theologians, representing Zen thought and the tradition of Kyoto School thought as he had . . .
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Tsujimura KÅichi studied philosophy at Kyoto University under Tanabe Hajime,* and went on to assume his teacherâs chair from 1948 until retiring in 1982. More formative for his thinking, however, was the Zen he practiced with Hisamatsu . . .
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Ueda Shizuteru is the central figure of the third generation of the Kyoto School. A student and successor of Nishitani Keiji*and a foremost interpreter of Nishida . . .
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After completing his doctoral studies at Kyoto University in 1965, Hase ShÅtÅ took up a teaching post at Kyoto Industrial University and for ten years threw himself into the study of French spiritualism from the eighteenth century on, . . .
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After completing undergraduate studies at Kyoto University in 1969, Åhashi RyÅsuke traveled to Germany where he entered the graduate program in philosophy at the University of Munich, receiving a doctorate in 1974 with a thesis . . .
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In Japan the category âtwentieth-century philosophyâ is reserved by and large for philosophical thought as it is found in Europe and the United States, and for Japanese engagement with it. When writing of their own . . .
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After completing studies at Tokyo Imperial University in 1899, Hatano began teaching the history of philosophy at Tokyo Senmon GakkÅ (present-day Waseda University). Five years later, in 1904, after publishing his doctoral thesis on . . .
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Born in Yamagata Prefecture in 1883, Abe JirÅ entered Tokyo Imperial University in 1904 and studied philosophy under the guidance of Raphael von Koeber. In 1912 he was granted a research fellowship by the Ministry of Education to . . .
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Takahashi Satomi studied philosophy at the Imperial Tokyo University. In 1921 he assumed a post in the science faculty at TÅhoku University in Sendai. He subsequently spent two years studying abroad in Germany with Rickert and Husserl . . .
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Kuki ShÅ«zÅ, a truly cosmopolitan philosopher, introduced existential philosophy and hermeneutics to Japanese academia and authored innovative accounts . . .
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Watsuji TetsurÅ was not only Japanâs premier ethical theorist and historian of ethics in the first half of the twentieth century, but also an astute philosopher of culture and interpreter of religious traditions and . . .
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It was reading Nishida KitarÅâs* An Inquiry into the Good as a middleschool student that first turned Miyake GÅichiâs attention to philosophy. Already from the time of his undergraduate studies at Kyoto University Miyake was . . .
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Tosaka Jun entered Kyoto University in 1921, the same year as Nishitani Keiji*, to study philosophy. As students, the two of them took part in discussions at Nishidaâs home and read Aristotle under the direction of Miki Kiyoshi*, whose . . .
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Ichikawa Hakugen was a Rinzai Zen priest, professor at Hanazono University, and political activist who made his mark as the foremost scholar of âImperial-Way Zen.â In his writings he chronicled Zen support for Japanese . . .
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In 1941, within a year of completing his doctorate at Kyoto Imperial University with a specialization in entomology and ecology, Imanishi Kinji published perhaps his best-known and lasting contribution in the form of a philosophy of . . .
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Funayama Shinâichi, perhaps the most important figure in Japanese philosophical materialism during and after the war, is also widely respected for his studies of Hegel and Feuerbach as well as for his historical studies of modernb . . .
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Three years after completing undergraduate studies in philosophy at Kyushu University, Takizawa traveled to Europe where he studied briefly under Karl Barth until the latterâs expulsion in 1934 under the Nazis. He returned to a post at . . .
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Historian and philosophical critic, Ienaga SaburÅ is one of those modern thinkers who defies classification. He is especially well known for his open criticisms of Japanese narratives of World War ii. In 1953 he wrote a Japanese history textbook . . .
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Although brought up in the Zen tradition, Izutsu Toshihiko studied a wide range of philosophical and mystical traditions. Certainly the most linguistically gifted of all modern Japanese philosophers, Izutsu is reputed to have mastered . . .
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Few intellectuals in Japan have left such a conspicuous mark on postwar intellectual discourse as Maruyama Masao. He is known for his active political stance in the postwar period as well as for his academic accomplishments. During . . .
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After graduating from Kyoto Universityâs department of philosophy in 1948, Minamoto RyÅen joined the editorial staff of the Philosophical Quarterly and collaborated with a team of Kyoto professors in editing the Dictionary of Philosophy. . . .
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Åmori ShÅzÅ graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in 1944 with a degree in physics, but in order to grasp theoretical issues related to science, he gradually became interested in philosophy. After the war, in 1949, he received a . . .
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After graduating from Tokyo Universityâs Department of Ethics in 1949, Yuasa Yasuo went on to complete higher degrees in ethics and economics. During his final years at university he studied under Watsuji TetsurÅ*, whose thought . . .
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After completing studies at Tokyo University, Nakamura YÅ«jirÅ worked for a period as a director of cultural programs for radio broadcasting before returning to studies and teaching at Meiji University, where he remained until retirement. . . .
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Perhaps no thinker in twentieth-century Japan better represents the interface between psychology and philosophy than Kimura Bin. While maintaining his psychiatric practice and publishing widely on abnormal psychology, . . .
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Hiromatsu Wataru obtained his doctorate in philosophy from Tokyo University and went on to teach philosophy there for many years. He is well known for his novel interpretation of Marxâs concept of reification. In particular, he believed . . .
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Sakabe Megumi did his undergraduate and doctoral studies in philosophy at Tokyo University. After lecturing at Kokugakuin University and Tokyo City University, he returned to his alma mater where he held a post until his . . .
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After finishing his undergraduate and doctoral course work at Kyoto University in 1978, Fujita Masakatsu spent a number of years in Bochum, Germany, where he earned a doctorate in 1982 with a dissertation on the early Hegelâs . . .
Culture and Identity
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Ever since Socrates accepted the Delphic oracleâs challenge to âknow thyself,â the issue of personal identity has been part of the western philosophical repertoire. That issue typically broke down into two fundamental questions. The . . .
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Fukansai Habian, a native of the Kyoto area, received his early education in a Zen temple, where he was trained in East Asian systems of thought. In his late teens he converted to Christianity and in 1586 entered the Society of Jesus . . .
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Mori Arimasa was baptized a Christian at the age of two and tutored in French from the age of six, and by his early teens had been exposed to English, Latin, and classical Greek as well. He graduated from the department of philosophy . . .
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Yagi Seiichi was born in Yokohama to a prominent Christian family in the âNo-churchâ tradition of Uchimura KanzÅ. Yagi studied New Testament at Tokyo University and the University of GÃ¶ttingen, completing his doctoral studies . . .
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Between November 1941 and November 1942, four second-generation professors of the Kyoto School famously discussed the theme âJapan and the Standpoint of World History.â Their discussions appeared in the journal . . .
Overcoming Modernity: A Symposium
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A trio of literary critics from the magazine Literary WorldâKawakami TetsutarÅ, Kobayashi Hideo, and Kamei KatsuichirÅâorganized a symposium in 1942 to discuss âOvercoming Modernity.â In July, they gathered a group of thirteen . . .
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Takeuchi Yoshimi is remembered in Japan today as one of the leading intellectuals of the postwar period in his dual capacity as China scholar and literarysocial critic. He enrolled in the Chinese literature department at Tokyo Imperial . . .
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The writings of Karatani KÅjin, like those of many other literary critics today, cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge the presuppositions of academic philosophy. Educated in economics and English literature at Tokyo . . .
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Throughout most of Japanâs history, only a small number of women who had distinguished themselves in literature were able to express their ideas publicly. Not even the increased educational opportunities and the birth of . . .
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Yosano Akiko (nÃ©e HÅ ShÅ), poet, social critic, and educator, lived a rich and many-sided life. The wife of the poet Yosano Tekkan and mother of eleven children, she published fifteen volumes of collected commentaries on social issues, . . .
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Hiratsuka RaichÅ (nÃ©e Hiratsuka Haru) is Japanâs most celebrated feminist activist of modern times. She began her public career in 1911 with the organization of SeitÅ . . .
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Yamakawa Kikue (nÃ©e Morita Kikue), a committed socialist, was one of the most influential opinion leaders and social activists of the twentieth century. Stimulated by firsthand experience of the conditions of the âmill girls,â she strived . . .
Kamo no ChÅmei
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Kamo no ChÅmei was born the son of Nagatsugu, superintendent of the Lower Kamo Shrine, one of the most influential Shinto shrines in Japan. Unable to succeed his father to the prestigious post, ChÅmei enjoyed the patronage of . . .
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Born into a family of 'sarugaku' performers in the Nara basin, Zeami was trained in performance and playwriting by his father Kanâami. Kanâamiâs successes in Kyoto gave Zeami the opportunity to learn about classical Japanese waka . . .
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Ånishi Yoshinori taught aesthetics at the University of Tokyo from 1922 until his retirement in 1949. As his voluminous writings reflect, he specialized in German aesthetics from the Romantics through Kant to twentieth-century
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After graduating from the Tokyo Universityâs Department of Arts and Letters in 1952, Izutsu Toyoko (alias Toyo) married the celebrated philosopher and orientalist Izutsu Toshihiko,* with whom she collaborated closely until his death in . . .
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In spring of 1771, a small group of Japanese doctors gathered to perform an autopsy on the cadaver of an executed fifty-year old woman criminal known as the Green Tea Hag, with a copy of a recently acquired Dutch work . . .
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture