Kierkegaard And Japanese Thought by J. GilesKierkegaard And Japanese Thought by J. Giles

Kierkegaard And Japanese Thought

EditorJ. Giles

Hardcover | July 22, 2008

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The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard (1813-1855) is an enigmatic thinker whose works call out for interpretation. One of the most fascinating strands of this interpretation is in terms of Japanese thought. Kierkegaard himself knew nothing of Japanese philosophy, yet the links between his own ideas and Japanese philosophers are remarkable.. This book examines Kierkegaard in terms of Shinto, Pure Land Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, the Samurai, the famous Kyoto school of Japanese philosophers, and in terms of pivotal Japanese thinkers who were influenced by Kierkegaard.
JAMES GILES is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guam and Tutor at Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge. He has also taught at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Copenhagen, Roskilde University, Aalborg University, and the Hawaii College of Kansai Gaidai University, Japan.
Title:Kierkegaard And Japanese ThoughtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:July 22, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230552838

ISBN - 13:9780230552838

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Informative I picked this book up because I liked Kierkegaard and was curious to see how his ideas related to Eastern thought. There are a collection of essays that detail different aspects of Kierkegaard's thought (his existentialism, his religious thought, etc.) and how Japanese thinkers compare to Kierkegaard's views. Personally, I am fond of this book because it was through this that I learned about Kitaro Nishida, who has now become one of my favourite philosophers.
Date published: 2017-06-10

Table of Contents

Introduction--J.Giles * A Short History of Kierkegaard's Reception in Japan--K.Masugata * Japanese Pure Land Buddhism and Kierkegaard--H.Yamashita * A Zen Understanding of Kierkegaard's Existential Thought--E.Nishimura * To Practise One Thing: Kierkegaard through the Eyes of Dogen--J.Giles * Aeterno Modo: The Expression of Integral Consciousness in Kierkegaard and Dogen--I.Mills * Truth, Paradox and Silence: Hakuin and Kierkegaard--A.Graham * Living with Death: Kierkegaard and the Samurai--A.Buben * Kierkegaard and Nishida: The Substantial, the Non-substantial, and Beyond--E. Hanaoka * The Religious Thought of Nishida and Kierkegaard--S.Tsukiyama * Kobayashi's Spirit of Unselfishness and Kierkegaard's Faith--M.Makoto * Kierkegaard and Mori: Experience and Existence--M.Morita * Otani: A Kierkegaardian Fellow of the Dead--K.Masugata