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The Dao Companion to Japanese Buddhist Philosophy

  • Gereon Kopf
  • The first comprehensive introduction to Japanese Buddhist philosophy

  • Discusses important themes in the field as well as individual philosophers

  • Introduces the canon of Japanese Buddhist philosophy as well as cutting edge scholarship in the field

  • The first volume to discuss the relatioship between Buddhist philosophy and popular beliefs and conceptions

  • Discusses key concept of and the main thinkers from within the Buddhist tradition in Japan


Part of the Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy book series (DCCP, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Basic Issues in Japanese Buddhist Philosophy

  3. Individual Philosophers in the Japanese Buddhist Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. David L. Gardiner
      Pages 337-345
    3. James L. Ford
      Pages 347-360
    4. Mark L. Blum
      Pages 361-379
    5. Shūdō Ishii
      Pages 407-413
    6. Dennis Hirota
      Pages 415-449

About this book


The volume introduces the central themes in and the main figures of Japanese Buddhist philosophy. It will have two sections, one that discusses general topics relevant to Japanese Buddhist philosophy and one that reads the work of the main Japanese Buddhist philosophers in the context of comparative philosophy. It combines basic information with cutting edge scholarship considering recent publications in Japanese, Chinese, English, and other European languages. As such, it will be an invaluable tool for professors teaching courses in Asian and global philosophy, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the people generally interested in philosophy and/or Buddhism.


AAR Asian philosophy Buddhism Buddhist philosophy Buddhist tradition Chinese philosophy Dao Daoism Japanese Buddhist philosophy Japanese philosophy Tao Taoism

Editors and affiliations

  • Gereon Kopf
    • 1
  1. 1.Luther CollegeDecorahUSA

About the editors

Gereon Kopf received his Ph.D. from Temple University and is currently professor of East Asian religions and philosophy of religion as well as the chair of the religion department at Luther College. He is also an adjunct professor of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Iceland. As a research fellow of the Japan Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, he conducted research in 1993 and 1994 at Ōbirin University in Machida, Japan, and at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan, from 2002 to 2004.  In the academic year of 2008-2009, he taught at the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong.  2013-2014, he was a visiting lecturer at Saitama University and a Visiting researcher at Tōyō University. He is the author of Beyond Personal Identity (2001), the co-editor of Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism (2009) and the editor of the Journal of Buddhist Philosophy. He also contributes a series of essays on Japanese Buddhism to He is currently developing a non-essentialist philosophy of mind and an ethics based on a non-essentialist conception of identity formation.

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