BOOK REVIEWS NISHIDA AND WESTERN PHILOSOPHY. By Robert Wilkinson. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2009. vii + 175 pp. Robert Wilkinson is a comparative philosopher who teaches at Open University in Edinburgh and has worked for years in the areas of comparative philosophy of mind and comparative aesthetics. This book should be read as part of a larger discussion of the philosophy of Nishida Kitar (18701945), which began with Keiji Nishitani (Nishida Kitar, trans. S. Yamamoto and J. W. Heisig, University of California Press, 1991) and continues with Robert E. Carter (The Nothingness Beyond God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nishida Kitaro, Paragon House, 1997) and Robert J.Wargo (The Logic of Nothingness: A Study of Nishida Kitar, University of Hawai`i Press, 2005), among others. Going beyond his predecessors, however--even though it is unfortunate that Wilkinson does not interact much with them explicitly--Nishida and Western Philosophy prosecutes a clear even if perhaps controversial thesis: that in the end, Nishida's philosophy of self-contradictory identity was, as a natural outgrowth of his Buddhist and Zen experience of satori (awakening), fundamentally incommensurable with the philosophy of identity that has characterized the major trajectory of the Western philosophical tradition. There are four chapters to
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