"Place and Dialectic
is an outstanding and at times brilliant translation of two essays central to the work of the Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro including his trailblazing essay 'Basho.' The translators' sensitivity for the nuances of the Japanese and English languages as well as their first-rate understanding of Nishida's place in the history of philosophy ensure the quality of this must-read for anyone interested in philosophy. This translation will go a long way of making the philosophy of Nishida accessible to those unfamiliar with the Japanese philosophical tradition and language as it highlights Nishida's unique contribution to world philosophy."
-- Gereon Kopf, Associate Professor of Religion, Luther College
"This book decisively elevates the level of Nishida studies, making it amply clear that Nishida developed his thought in response to Western philosophers. 'Basho' (1926) and 'Logic and Life' (1936), meticulously translated here with copious notes, are essential works, wherein Nishida's core philosophical vision, which took shape in the notion of basho (place) and the dialectical world, is unfolded. A must-read for anyone seriously interested in philosophizing on a global stage."
-- Michiko Yusa, Professor of Japanese & East Asian Studies, Western Washington University
"Nishida was the foremost philosopher of twentieth-century Japan, and the translators of this volume deserve our gratitude for making two of his most significant essays available in English. Now a wider audience can appreciate a truly global thinker of fierce intelligence elaborating an idea of 'place,' or topos,
that is clearer and perhaps deeper than Plato's chora,
as well as a life-rooted logic that is more Heraclitean than Aristotelian."
--Graham Parkes, Professor of Philosophy and Head of the School of Philosophy & Sociology, University College Cork
About the Author
John W.M. Krummel
is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.Shigenori Nagatomo
is Professor of Comparative Philosophy and East Asian Buddhism at Temple University.