Providing translations of and commentaries on primary source materials of modern Japanese philosophy, this sourcebook centers on the creative philosophical writings of the Kyoto School broadly conceived, featuring the thought of Nishida Kitaro, Tanabe Hajime, Kuki Shuzo, Watsuji Tetsuro, Miki Kiyoshi, Tosaka Jun, and Nishitani Keiji. The 22 selections include unabridged whole works, essays, or chapters of books. Also included is exhaustive bio-bibliographical information as well as editorial commentary. For most scholars, this will be the first look in English at the thought of Kuki Shuzo, Miki Kiyoshi, and the Marxist critic Tosaka Jun. The sourcebook will be of interest to scholars, The selections show the intensely dialogic character of the philsophical writing of the Kyoto School of the early Showa period (1926-1949) and are of particular interest as representing philosophical strains of a golden age of Japanese thought during the war years between 1935 and 1945. In the interstices of the thought of the seven authors, the reader will find a mine of commentary on, and assimilation of, the schools of Western thought and the world's religions, accompanied (with the exception of the internationalist Tosaka Jun) by very resilient affirmations of the strength of Asian traditions.
DAVID A. DILWORTH is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is a specialist in the history of ideas, East and West, in modern Japanese philosophy and intellectual history, in comparative hermeneutics, and in American philosophy. He has written extensively in these areas of study. VALDO H. VIGLIELMO is Professor of Japanese literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has published numerous translations and studies in the area of modern Japanese literature and thought, especially those relating to the prominent novelist Natsume Soseki and to the major philosophers Nishida Kitaro and Tanabe Hajime. AGUSTIN JACINTO ZAVALA is Research Professor at the Centro de Estudios de las Tradiciones at the Colegio de Michoacan, A.C. He has written several books on the philosophy of Nishida Kitaro. Apart from his study in Japanese philosophy and culture, his other interests include music, the Tea Ceremony, and the practice of zazen and t'ai-chi. Volume 2 of his Textos de la Filosofia Japonesa: Antologia is forthcoming.
Agustin J. Zavala, David A. Dilworth, Valdo H. Viglielmo