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Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook (Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture) by [Heisig, James W., Kasulis, Thomas P., Maraldo, John C.]
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James W. Heisig is professor and permanent research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3441 KB
  • Print Length: 1362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0824835522
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (31 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N5ESPLO
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So far so very good. I have found the navigation on the Kindle to be faultless. The various selections appear to be comprehensive and well chosen. Though I am already familiar with some of the names cited ( especially those on zen and Pure Land Buddhism ) I have yet to dip in in any serious way. This simply because I am finding the Introduction/explanation of the Framework so interesting; I am now reading it closely for the second time. Yes, quite expensive, but then it is very large and would run to well over 1000 printed pages. All in all an excellent production. Thank you.
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HASH(0x8b531240) out of 5 stars A Great Reference 26 Jan. 2013
By Anton Sevilla - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the difficulties that an English speaker might have in approaching Japanese philosophy is not really knowing where to start and who to work on. As one can see from the table of contents, Japanese philosophy is broad. There are communitarian thinkers like Watsuji Tetsuro, and there are individualist liberals like Fukuzawa Yukichi. There are the Zen Buddhist thinkers like Dogen and Shinran, and severe critics of Zen like Ichikawa Hakugen (who was in himself an incredible Zen man). There are both nationalists and people who got thrown in jail for their views against Japan. Oh and there are female thinkers too. So clearly, Japan outside travel guides is a complex place, difficult to reduce to stereotypes about nothingness, no-self, community, and nihonjinron (Japanese ethnocentrism).

But where does one start? Even if one can read Japanese, a non-native speaker would have a hard time just randomly going through dozens of thinkers trying to find who one finds really worth studying. And that is where I think this book is excellent. If you come across a name in a book or in a lecture, in minutes you can have a grasp of the basic approach of that person and his/her historical context. This book covers almost anyone of note in the history of thought. Spare half an hour and you can read a few selections from key works, translated in excellent and readable English. If you are convinced this person is worth reading, then you can head off to primary sources--likely in Japanese as many of the people taken up in the sourcebook have never been translated to English before.

The Japanese language is difficult, so is the philosophy, and put those two elements together and you have a very forbidding field in Japanese Philosophy. But it is the publication of books like these that make it possible both to research and to teach this subject in English.
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HASH(0x8b531360) out of 5 stars Indispensible 30 Jun. 2014
By Michigan Rifleman - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone really wanting to read primary source material from Japanese philosophy, there is nothing better in the English language. Not a book for the timid or the dilatant. Well over 1000 pages of materials: a great wealth of reading.
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HASH(0x8b497678) out of 5 stars Perfect Book 15 Dec. 2013
By ChaosAngel - Published on Amazon.com
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Perfect book for the price and it helped me very, very much in class. Thank you very much for the sale
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Informative and well researched. This book was a required text for a class but it is one that I will keep.
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HASH(0x8b4975dc) out of 5 stars The book was for a university course 20 Dec. 2012
By Rosa Mercedes Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
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The problem I had with the book is that as soon as I open the book the binding of the book broke. It was very dissapointing that it was so poorly made.
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