Nihilism and emptiness: Nishitani's encounter with Nietzsche

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dc.contributor.advisor Parkes, Graham en Flavel, Sarah J. 2015-11-27T12:28:05Z 2015 2015
dc.identifier.citation Flavel, S. J. 2015. Nihilism and emptiness: Nishitani's encounter with Nietzsche. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, I examine the relationship between the Kyoto School philosopher, Nishitani Keiji, and the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, focusing on the two thinkers’ respective approaches to the problem of nihilism. The work begins by positioning Nishitani’s interpretation of Nietzsche’s account of nihilism with reference to diverse readings of Nietzsche in Western scholarship. I then consider the development of Nishitani’s reading of Nietzsche from his lecture series on nihilism, The Self- Overcoming of Nihilism, through to his magnum opus, Religion and Nothingness. I make two key contributions to recent scholarly debate on Nishitani’s relationship to Nietzsche. The first is to emphasise the importance of Nishitani’s response to the idea of eternal recurrence for understanding his critical approach to Nietzsche’s thinking. I argue against the view, offered by Bret Davis, that Nishitani’s criticisms of Nietzsche are primarily based on the former’s negative assessment of the idea of will to power. The second contribution is to situate Nishitani’s critical approach to eternal recurrence within his broader attempt to formulate a Zen-influenced conception of temporality and historicity. I then argue for the necessity of this conceptual background for coming to grips with his conception of the ‘transhistorical’ grounds of historicity in emptiness (śūnyatā), as outlined in the later chapters of Religion and Nothingness. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, Sarah J. Flavel. en
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dc.subject Kyoto School en
dc.subject Nietzsche Nishitani en
dc.subject Nishitani Keiji en
dc.subject Nietzsche nihilism en
dc.subject Nishitani emptiness en
dc.subject Comparative philosophy en
dc.subject Japanese philosophy en
dc.subject Nishitani nihilism en
dc.title Nihilism and emptiness: Nishitani's encounter with Nietzsche en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Philosophy en
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