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Döden på Tomhetens Fält: Döden, Intet och det Absoluta hos Nishitani Keiji och Nishida Kitarō
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Philosophy.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the role played by death in the philosophy of Nishitani Keiji, through the nondual logic of contradictory identity developed by his teacher and founder of the Kyotoschool of philosophy, Nishida Kitarō. I explore Nishitani’s understanding of how Nothingness, nihility, through our awareness of death penetrates and nullifies existence itself, how the irreality of all being comes to the fore to make being itself unreal. The nullifying nothingness of nihility, however, is still nothingness represented as a something; it is a reified nothing, defined as the antithesis to being and thus still seen as a corollary of being itself. A truly absolute nothingness, what Nishitani calls Śūnyatā, emptiness, must be a nothingness so devoid of being as to not even be nothing; it must be absolutely nothing at all, and thus nothing else than being itself. The final chapter of my paper seeks to apply this nondual understanding of being and nothingness to the question of death itself; to understand the ontological meaning of death - the passage from being to non-being - when being and non-being have been one from the very beginning. The paper also seeks to blur the lines between what has traditionally been considered philosophy and religion, using the thinking of the Kyoto school to point to the deeper ties between the two in the borderland that is buddhist philosophy.

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2018. , p. 23
Keywords [en]
Nishida, Nishitani, death, nothingness, nihility, sunyata, emptiness, nondualism, contradictory identity, philosophy of religion, buddhism, zen, kyoto school
Keywords [sv]
Nishida, Nishitani, döden, intet, negativitet, sunyata, tomhet, ickedualism, motsatsernas identitet, religionsfilosofi, buddhism, zen, kyotoskolan
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37553OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-37553DiVA, id: diva2:1286079
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Philosophy
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-06 Last updated: 2019-02-07Bibliographically approved

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