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Political Philosophy in Japan -Nishida, the Kyoto School and Co-Prosperity
Author: C. S. Goto-Jones
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-42029-2
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-42029-4
No of pages : 208
eBook Price : $44.95
Originally Published : 14 Feb 2005
Political Philosophy in Japan focuses on the politics of Japan''s pre-eminent philosophical school - the Kyoto School - and particularly that of its founder, Nishida Kitarô (1870-1945). Existing literature on Nishida is dismissive of there being serious political content in his work, and of the political stance of the wider school. Goto-Jones contends that, far from being apolitical, Nishida''s philosophy was explicitly and intentionally political, and that a proper political reading of Nishida sheds new light on the controversies surrounding the alleged complicity of the Kyoto School in Japanese ultra-nationalism. This book offers a unique and potentially controversial view of the subject of Nishida and the Kyoto School.
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Table of contents : Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: Political Philosophy in Japan and the Contradictory Location of Nishida Tetsugaku 1. Theorising Dissent - Intellectuals, Language, and Political Sleight-of-Hand 2. The Politics of Harmony and Awakening - Confucianism and Buddhism as Political Thought in Japan 3. The Early Nishida and the Place of Japanese Political Philosophy 4. (Re)Locating the Later Nishida - Ideology and Philosophy in Wartime Japan 5. Nishida's Shadow - The Kyoto School and the Manipulation of Nothingness Conclusion: The Philosophical Site of Politics in Japan - Shisô Sensô, and the Defeat of Nishida Tetsugaku? Bibliography