Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School. Edited by Bret W. Davis, Brian Schroeder, and Jason M. Wirth. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011. xii, 331 pp. $70.00 (cloth); $27.00 (paper).

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The Journal of Asian Studies, ISSN: 0021-9118, Vol: 71, Issue: 04, Page: 1142-1145

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Yusa, Michiko
Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Japanese Studies; Modern Languages; Philosophy, Japanese; Philosophy, Comparative; Continental philosophy; Nishida, Kitarō, 1870-1945; Nishitani, Keiji, 1900-1990; Tanabe, Hajime, 1885-1962; reviews (documents)
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The aim of this anthology of seventeen essays, clearly set forth by the editors’ introduction, is “to promote dialogue between Western and Eastern philosophy, and more specifically between Continental philosophy and the Kyoto School” (p. 1). This venture is guided by the conviction that philosophy is ultimately “a quest for liberating wisdom” and not just an academic exercise (p. 15). This book comes as a timely response to today’s globalized environment, which is fast becoming one-dimensional, flat, and uniform, and in which human beings are unwittingly reduced to mere “numbers” for the profit of faceless corporations.