Philosophy East and West 41 (2):163-184 (1991)

Guy Axtell
Radford University
Philosophical anthropologist Mircea Eliade once said that "the union of opposites" is a basic category of archaic ontology and comparative world religions. In this paper I develop the theory of contrariety or opposition as a prime focus for East/West comparative philosophy. The paper considers especially Nishida Kitaro's later works and the complex phrase "zettai mujuntekijikodbitsu," variously translated by Schinzinger as "absolute contradictory self-identity," "the self-identity of absolute contradictories," or more simply as "oneness" or "unity" of opposites.
Keywords dialectic  East/West comparative philosophy  Nishida Kitaro  unity and difference
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DOI 10.2307/1399768
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