Political Philosophy in Japan: Nishida, the Kyoto School and co-prosperity - PbDirect

1st Edition

Christopher Goto-Jones

Published July 20, 2010
Reference - 194 Pages
ISBN 9780415546614 - CAT# Y102406
Series: Routledge/Leiden Series in Modern East Asian Politics, History and Media

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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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