The Philosophy of the Kyoto School

  • Masakatsu Fujita

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Nishida Kitarō

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nishida Kitarō
      Pages 3-12
  3. Tanabe Hajime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Nakaoka Narifumi
      Pages 43-53
  4. Miki Kiyoshi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Akamatsu Tsunehiro
      Pages 65-77
  5. Tosaka Jun

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Tosaka Jun
      Pages 81-88
  6. Kimura Motomori

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Kimura Motomori
      Pages 109-122
  7. Hisamatsu Shinichi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Hisamatsu Shinichi
      Pages 139-148
    3. Imaizumi Motoji
      Pages 149-159
  8. Shimomura Toratarō

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Shimomura Toratarō
      Pages 163-181
  9. Nishitani Keiji

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Nishitani Keiji
      Pages 199-216
    3. Keta Masako
      Pages 217-229
  10. Supplementary Essay

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 269-273

About this book


The main purpose of this book is to offer to philosophers and students abroad who show a great interest in Japanese philosophy and the philosophy of the Kyoto school major texts of the leading philosophers. This interest has surely developed out of a desire to obtain from the thought of these philosophers, who stood within the interstice between East and West, a clue to reassessing the issues of philosophy from the ground up or to drawing new creative possibilities.
The present condition seems to be, however, that the material made available to further realize this kind of intellectual dialogue is far too scarce. This book is intended to be of some help in this regard.
The book presents selected texts of representative philosophers of the Kyoto school such as Nishida Kitaro, Tanabe Hajime, Miki Kiyoshi, Nishitani Keiji, and others who best illustrate the characteristics of this school, and works that together portray its image as a whole. Those who are interested in Japanese philosophy or specifically the philosophy of the Kyoto School can survey a comprehensive representation from this book.
These texts are, of course, quite difficult and cannot be well understood without sufficient preliminary knowledge. Expository essays have therefore been included after each text to provide guidance. In each of these commentaries a scholar of our time with deep understanding of the philosopher in question has provided an account of his life, intellectual journey, and the significance of the text included here.
From this book will emerge a new dialogue of ideas that in turn will engender new developments in philosophy, thereby further expanding the network of philosophical thought worldwide.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Masakatsu Fujita
    • 1
  1. 1.Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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