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The Logic of Nothingness: A Study of Nishida Kitaro Robert J.J. Wargo

The Logic of Nothingness: A Study of Nishida Kitaro

Robert J.J. Wargo

Published June 1st 2005
ISBN : 9780824829308
Hardcover
241 pages
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The writings of Nishida Kitarō, whose name has become almost synonymous with Japanese philosophy, continue to attract attention around the world. Yet studies of his thought in Western languages have tended to overlook two key areas: first, the influence of the generation of Japanese philosophers who preceded Nishida- and second, the logic of basho (place), the cornerstone of Nishidas mature philosophical system. The Logic of Nothingness addresses both of these topics. Robert Wargo argues that the overriding concern of Nishidas mature philosophy, the attempt to give a reasonable account of reality that includes the reasonableness of that account itself--or what Wargo calls the problem of completeness--has its origins in Inoue Enryos (1858-1919) and Inoue Tetsujiros (1855-1944) preoccupation with the problem of standpoints. A translation of one of Nishidas most demanding texts, included here as an appendix, demonstrates the value of Wargos insightful analysis of the logic of basho as an aid to deciphering the philosophers early work.