Author: Gregory S. Moss

In Nishitani’s The Self-Overcoming of Nihilism, Nishitani explores, among other related topics, the history of the problem of Nihilism in the West. Conspicuously absent from Nishitani’s historical analysis is the thought of Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, who famously raised the charge of Nihilism against Fichte’s philosophy in 1799. As is evident from a variety of Hegel’s texts, Hegel explicitly responds to Jacobi’s charge against Speculative Idealism and designs his philosophy in part as a response to Jacobi’s charge of Nihilism. On the one hand, Nishitani fails to appreciate Hegel’s philosophy as a responseto the problem of Nihilism because he has an incomplete possession of the history of the problem. On the other hand, Nishitani’s critique of Hegel begs the question.Nishitani’s dogmatic rejection of Hegel appears to be grounded in his methodological approach to the philosophy of history, which assumes the falsehoodof Hegel’s account. Jacobi’s charge against Speculative Idealism consists in the Idealist’s failure to account for the very existence of the world. On his view, philosophy is Nihilism because the world disappears completely from philosophical speculation. Hegel attempts to overcome this charge of Nihilism by re-thinking the structure and content of reason.

In: Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Extraterritorial Enforcement of Regulatory Laws, Diane P. Wood
Identité culturelle en droit international privé de la famille, Yuko Nishitani
Author: Yuko Nishitani

* Yuko Nishitani, Ph.D. in Private International Law, School of Law, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany; Professor of International Private and Business Law, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan. Contact:

In: Frontiers of Law in China
Author: Nishitani, Yuko

Nishitani, Yuko, Keywords: Private international law | family law, [p135], Yuko Nishitani, née le 20 décembre 1969., Après ses études supérieures à l’Université de Kyoto au Japon (lauréat en 1992 et master en droit en 1994), elle a obtenu un doctorat en droit à l’Université de Heidelberg en

Author: Keiji Nishitani

- wesen ware oder sein wurde, daB er nicht Stoff genug zu einer ebenso scharfen Riige derselben darin gefunden hdtte oder noch fdnde." Eine buddhistische Stimme zum Thema der Entmythologisierung KEIJI NISHITANI1 (Schluß) v Es ist klar, daB die in Teil IV vorgetragenen Gedanken den Rah- men des

In: Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte
Author: Keiji Nishitani

Eine buddhistische Stimme zum Thema der Entmythologisierung KEIJI NISHITANI1 I In der protestantischen Geisteswelt Europas und Amerikas bewegt gegenwdrtig ein Problem die Gemuter. Es ist Gegenstand heftiger Diskussionen geworden, an der nicht nur Theologen und Gemeinde- glieder teilnehmen

In: Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte
Charles Taylor and Zen Buddhism in the West
In Reimagining Zen in a Secular Age André van der Braak offers an account of the exciting but also problematic encounter between enchanted Japanese Zen Buddhism and secular Western modernity over the past century, using Charles Taylor’s magnum opus A Secular Age as an interpretative lens.

As the tenuous compromises of various forms of “Zen modernism” are breaking down today, new imaginings of Zen are urgently needed that go beyond both a Romantic mystical Zen and a secular “mindfulness” Zen. As a Zen scholar-practitioner, André van der Braak shows that the Zen philosophy of the 13th century Zen master Dōgen offers much resources for new hermeneutical, embodied, non-instrumental and communal approaches to contemporary Zen theory and practice in the West.
Contributions to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue from the Kyoto School
Author: Kazuo MUTŌ
Editor: Martin Repp
Translator: Jan van Bragt
This publication by Muto Kazuo is a significant Christian contribution to the predominantly Buddhist “Kyoto School of Philosophy.” Muto proposes a philosophy of religion in order to overcome the claim for Christian exclusivity, as proposed by Karl Barth and others. On such a foundation, he investigates the possibilities for mutual understanding between Buddhism and Christianity. Thereby he engages in a critical exchange with the Kyoto School philosophers Nishida, Tanabe, and Nishitani. Throughout his discourse, Muto applies their method of logical argument (the “dialectic” of soku) to the dialogue between Christianity and Buddhism. He thus opens up new perceptions of Christian faith in the Asian context and, together with his Buddhist teachers, challenges the modern Western dialectical method of reasoning.
Heidegger, Bultmann und die Folgen
Author: Otto Pöggeler
Die Zusammenarbeit zwischen dem Philosophen Martin Heidegger und dem Theologen Rudolf Bultmann während ihrer gemeinsamen Marburger Jahre (1923-1928) hat wenigstens zwei Generationen von Theologen geprägt. Inzwischen rückte ein Theologe und Philosoph wie Ernst Troeltsch, der damals schroff kritisiert wurde, in den Mittelpunkt neuer Interessen. Von Carl Schmitt her wurde (durch die Schule von Joachim Ritter und durch Hans Blumenberg) die Auseinandersetzung um Theologie und Philosophie neu artikuliert. Die Wege von Bultmann und Heidegger werden von ihren Anfängen her aufgeschlüsselt, damit über der Zusammenarbeit nicht die unterschiedlichen Ansätze vergessen werden. Dass die Begegnung zu einer Trennung führen musste, wird aufgezeigt. Zur Sprache kommen auch die eigenständigen Wege etwa von Heinrich Schlier, Ernst Käsemann, Hans Hübner. Durch japanische Schüler wie Nishitani kam Heidegger zu einer intensiven Auseinandersetzung mit Ostasien. Ein Philosoph wie Leo Strauß, ein Theologe wie Eugen Biser, ein Schriftsteller wie Hans Erich Nossack verweisen auf das Zusammenspiel von Literatur, Philosophie und Theologie. Am Schluss des Buches steht der Versuch, von der Philosophie her systematisch zu bestimmen, was hermeneutische Theologie sein kann.
Author: Amos Yong


This chapter explores certain streams of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition as it has wrestled with fundamental metaphysical and ontological questions. The hypothesis is that the doctrine of shunyata has indeed been suggestive and valuable for Buddhist perspectives on nature in ways which compromised neither its religious character nor the empirical mindedness of those Buddhists for whom this was a central category. In order to see this, the chapter retraces the steps from Nishitani back through his teacher Nishida and the Huayen School of the T’ang Dynasty to the ideas of Nagarjuna, who stands at the fount of the Madhyamaka tradition. In each case one can do no more than highlighting the major points pertinent to the inquiry. What emerges is the contours of a Mahayana Buddhist cosmology, which in turn sheds light on how Buddhists in this tradition see the nature of the world ultimately in terms of shunyata.

In: The Cosmic Breath