Nishida Kitarō and Chinese Philosophy. 2: Debt and Distance

Japan Review 22:137-170 (2010)

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Michel Dalissier
Kanazawa University
Abstract
Th is paper is the second part of a general study on the relationship between Nishida and Chinese philosophy. In the fi rst, I explored the extent to which Nishida’s philosophy was infl uenced, directly and indirectly, explicitly and implicitly, historically and conceptually, by materials coming from the intellectual horizon of Chinese thought. I concentrate here on Nishida’s own position toward what he understood by “Chinese philosophy.” Is this philosophy, so suggestive for Nishida, promoted to a central place in his work or not, and if so, in what sense might we take this idea of “centrality” as specifi cally Chinese? In setting forth several archetypes of Chinese thought present in Nishida’s philosophy, the focus of this article falls on the methodological, logical and metaphysical contrasts we can identify between the Japanese philosopher and Chinese philosophy as his underground intellectual sources.
Keywords Nishida Kitaro  Japanese Philosophy  Chinese Philosophy  Asian Philosophy  Logic of Place  Unification  Ontology  Nothingness  Intuiting-in-Action  Culture
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