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Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook (Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture) Kindle Edition
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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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