Nishida Kitarō

The Man and His Work

Nishitani Keiji Trans. by J. W. Heisig & Yamamoto Seisaku

Nagoya: Chisokudō Publications, 2016 (first published, 1982).

Studies in Japanese Philosophy 2

As more and more works by and about the thinkers of the Kyoto School of philosophy appear in English translation, the need for a volume in a Western language elucidating the life and thought of the tradition’s founding inspiration, Nishida Kitarõ, has never been felt more keenly. No one is more qualified to write such a book than Nishitani Keiji, whose lifetime coincided with the rise and flowering of the Kyoto School and whose own critical contribution to Japanese thought has been so important.

This book is a rough diamond of a gem. The translation shines. Yamamoto and Heisig were able to capture the intricacy of Nishida’s thought and, even more so, the tea-flavored reminiscence of Nishitani.

Whalen Lai

NISHITANI Keiji (1900–1990) was Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University. He is the author of numerous philosophical works, including Religion and Nothingness and The Self-Overcoming of Nihilism. and is one of the chief representatives of the Kyoto School of philosophy.

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