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Nothingness Beyond God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nishida Kitaro Second Edition (Paperback, 2Rev ed): Robert E.... Nothingness Beyond God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nishida Kitaro Second Edition (Paperback, 2Rev ed)
Robert E. Carter
R355 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When we hear the term "Japanese philosophy" we think of Zen Buddhism or the Shinto scriptures. Yet one of the great 20th century interpreters of Western philosophy, Nishida Kitaro, lived and wrote in the Japanese islands all his life, laboring at an ultimate synthesis of oriental thought and Western hermeneutics. To be sure, Nishida's aim was to understand his own cultural influences in relation to the Western world. What distinguished him, however, was his passion for rendering oriental metaphysics understandable in the language of Western philosophy, and his attempts to contrast the paradoxicality of Buddhist logic with the logical strategies of Aristotle, Kant, or Hegel. Featured in this book is an interpretation of Nishida's writings. Professor Carter focuses on the Japanese thinker's notion of "basho," a concept of nothingness as field, place or topos as borrowed from Plato's Timaeus. Expounding on the logical foundations and archaic elements in Nishida's work, and carefully explaining Nishida's critical approach to the questions of God, religion and morality, and pure existence, this discerning book offers students of Western philosophy and oriental thought alike a highly readable introduction to the teachings of a true world philosopher.

New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics (Hardcover): A Minh Nguyen New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics (Hardcover)
A Minh Nguyen; Contributions by Stephen Addiss, A Minh Nguyen, Yuriko Saito, Robert E. Carter, …
R2,729 R2,514 Discovery Miles 25 140 Save R215 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection presents twenty-seven new essays in Japanese aesthetics by leading experts in the field. Beginning with an extended foreword by the renowned scholar and artist Stephen Addiss and a comprehensive introduction that surveys the history of Japanese aesthetics and the ways in which it is similar to and different from Western aesthetics, this groundbreaking work brings together a large variety of disciplinary perspectives-including philosophy, literature, and cultural politics-to shed light on the artistic and aesthetic traditions of Japan and the central themes in Japanese art and aesthetics. Contributors explore topics from the philosophical groundings for Japanese aesthetics and the Japanese aesthetics of imperfection and insufficiency to the Japanese love of and respect for nature and the paradoxical ability of Japanese art and culture to absorb enormous amounts of foreign influence and yet maintain its own unique identity. New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics will appeal not only to a wide range of humanities scholars but also to graduate and undergraduate students of Japanese aesthetics, art, philosophy, literature, culture, and civilization. Masterfully articulating the contributors' Japanese-aesthetical concerns and their application to Japanese arts (including literature, theater, film, drawing, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, crafts, music, fashion, comics, cooking, packaging, gardening, landscape architecture, flower arrangement, the martial arts, and the tea ceremony), these engaging and penetrating essays will also appeal to nonacademic professionals and general audiences. This seminal work will be essential reading for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Japanese aesthetics.

The Kyoto School - An Introduction (Paperback): Robert E. Carter The Kyoto School - An Introduction (Paperback)
Robert E. Carter; Foreword by Thomas P Kasulis
R597 Discovery Miles 5 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides a much-needed introduction to the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy. Robert E. Carter focuses on four influential Japanese philosophers: the three most important members of the Kyoto School (Nishida Kitar, Tanabe Hajime, and Nishitani Keiji), and a fourth (Watsuji Tetsur ), who was, at most, an associate member of the school. Each of these thinkers wrestled systematically with the Eastern idea of nothingness, albeit from very different perspectives.
Many Western scholars, students, and serious general readers are intrigued by this school of thought, which reflects Japan s engagement with the West. A number of works by various thinkers associated with the Kyoto School are now available in English, but these works are often difficult to grasp for those not already well-versed in the philosophical and historical context. Carter s book provides an accessible yet substantive introduction to the school and offers an East-West dialogue that enriches our understanding of Japanese thought while also shedding light on our own assumptions, habits of thought, and prejudices."

Watsuji Tetsuro's Rinrigaku - Ethics in Japan (Paperback): Watsuji Tetsuro Watsuji Tetsuro's Rinrigaku - Ethics in Japan (Paperback)
Watsuji Tetsuro; Translated by Seisaku Yamamoto, Robert E. Carter
R816 Discovery Miles 8 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Watsuji Tetsuro's Rinrigaku (literally, the principles that allow us to live in friendly community) has been regarded as the definitive study of Japanese ethics for half a century. In Japan, ethics is the study of human being or ningen. As an ethical being, one negates individuality by abandoning one's independence from others. This selflessness is the true meaning of goodness.

Encounter with Enlightenment - A Study of Japanese Ethics (Paperback): Robert E. Carter Encounter with Enlightenment - A Study of Japanese Ethics (Paperback)
Robert E. Carter; Foreword by Yasuo Yuasa
R764 Discovery Miles 7 640 Out of stock
On Buddhism (Hardcover): Keiji Nishitani On Buddhism (Hardcover)
Keiji Nishitani; Translated by Seisaku Yamamoto, Robert E. Carter; Introduction by Robert E. Carter; Foreword by Jan Van Bragt
R2,013 Discovery Miles 20 130 Out of stock

On Buddhism presents the first English-language translation of a series of lectures by Keiji Nishitani (1900-1990), a major Buddhist thinker and a key figure in the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy. Originally delivered in the early 1970s, these lectures focus on the transformation of culture in the modern age and the subsequent decline in the importance of the family and religion. Nishitani's concern is that modernity, with its individualism, materialism, and contractual ethics, is an insufficient basis for human relationships. With deep insight into both Buddhism and Christianity, he explores such issues as the nature of genuine human existence, the major role of conscience in our advance to authenticity, and the needed transformation of religion.

On Buddhism (Paperback): Keiji Nishitani On Buddhism (Paperback)
Keiji Nishitani; Translated by Seisaku Yamamoto, Robert E. Carter; Introduction by Robert E. Carter; Foreword by Jan Van Bragt
R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Out of stock

On Buddhism presents the first English-language translation of a series of lectures by Keiji Nishitani (1900-1990), a major Buddhist thinker and a key figure in the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy. Originally delivered in the early 1970s, these lectures focus on the transformation of culture in the modern age and the subsequent decline in the importance of the family and religion. Nishitani's concern is that modernity, with its individualism, materialism, and contractual ethics, is an insufficient basis for human relationships. With deep insight into both Buddhism and Christianity, he explores such issues as the nature of genuine human existence, the major role of conscience in our advance to authenticity, and the needed transformation of religion.

The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation (Hardcover): Robert E. Carter The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation (Hardcover)
Robert E. Carter; Foreword by Eliot Deutsch
R2,011 Discovery Miles 20 110 Out of stock

Robert E. Carter explores how spiritual values are learned and mind & body developed through the practice of the arts in Japan.

Becoming Bamboo - Western and Eastern Explorations of the Meaning of Life (Paperback, New Ed): Robert E. Carter Becoming Bamboo - Western and Eastern Explorations of the Meaning of Life (Paperback, New Ed)
Robert E. Carter
R614 R575 Discovery Miles 5 750 Save R39 (6%) Out of stock

The many problems we face in today's world -- among them war, environmental destruction, religious and racial intolerance, and inappropriate technologies -- demand that we carefully re-evaluate such issues as our relation to the environment, the nature of progress, ultimate purposes, and human values. These are all issues, Robert Carter explains, that are intimately linked to our perception of life's meaning. While many books discuss life's meaning either analytically or prescriptively, Carter addresses values and ways of meaningful living from a broader perspective, using Japanese philosophy to augment his investigation. He examines Martin Heidegger's distinction between "dwelling" and existing in the world, Lawrence Kohlberg's "stage seven" of human moral development, and the works of Viktor Frankl, Carol Gilligan, and Nel Noddings. He applies hermeneutic and deconstructionist theory to the question of meaning, and explores the feminist contribution to ethics and its relation to the interconnectedness of things celebrated in Zen and Shinto thought. Bridging various dichotomies such as East/West, reason/emotion, male/female, and caring/justice, Carter shows that ethics, environmental concern, caring, and joy in living are dependent on the growth and transformation of the self. Only by becoming aware of the interrelatedness of things, Carter reveals, can we become as supple and as strong as the bamboo tree, long the symbol of longevity and constancy.

The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation (Paperback): Robert E. Carter The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation (Paperback)
Robert E. Carter; Foreword by Eliot Deutsch
R710 Discovery Miles 7 100 Out of stock

Robert E. Carter explores how spiritual values are learned and mind & body developed through the practice of the arts in Japan.

New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics (Paperback): A Minh Nguyen New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics (Paperback)
A Minh Nguyen; Contributions by Stephen Addiss, A Minh Nguyen, Yuriko Saito, Robert E. Carter, …
R985 R891 Discovery Miles 8 910 Save R94 (10%) Out of stock

This collection presents twenty-seven new essays in Japanese aesthetics by leading experts in the field. Beginning with an extended foreword by the renowned scholar and artist Stephen Addiss and a comprehensive introduction that surveys the history of Japanese aesthetics and the ways in which it is similar to and different from Western aesthetics, this groundbreaking work brings together a large variety of disciplinary perspectives-including philosophy, literature, and cultural politics-to shed light on the artistic and aesthetic traditions of Japan and the central themes in Japanese art and aesthetics. Contributors explore topics from the philosophical groundings for Japanese aesthetics and the Japanese aesthetics of imperfection and insufficiency to the Japanese love of and respect for nature and the paradoxical ability of Japanese art and culture to absorb enormous amounts of foreign influence and yet maintain its own unique identity. New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics will appeal not only to a wide range of humanities scholars but also to graduate and undergraduate students of Japanese aesthetics, art, philosophy, literature, culture, and civilization. Masterfully articulating the contributors' Japanese-aesthetical concerns and their application to Japanese arts (including literature, theater, film, drawing, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, crafts, music, fashion, comics, cooking, packaging, gardening, landscape architecture, flower arrangement, the martial arts, and the tea ceremony), these engaging and penetrating essays will also appeal to nonacademic professionals and general audiences. This seminal work will be essential reading for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Japanese aesthetics.

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