By Keiji Nishitani
"It might be vital analyzing for an figuring out of either Nishitani's suggestion and the matter of nihilism. students and different individuals attracted to nihilism, in Nietzsche, and/or in modern Buddhist or jap philosophy, will enormously benefit from a research of this book." -- John C. Maraldo, division of Philosophy, collage of North Florida
"This is an excellent translation of a major paintings within the corpus of Nishitani's early writings. the interpretation is well timed either end result of the Western curiosity in Nishitani as a preeminent modern eastern thinker and due to the continued Western perplexity in regards to the difficulties Nishitani addresses. Nishitani is without doubt one of the world's maximum dwelling philosophers or even during this early paintings of his that brilliance shines through." -- Thomas P. Kasulis, division of Philosophy, Northland university
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The majority of the investment for the undertaking got here from a translation supply from the nationwide Endowment for the arts : we must always prefer to take this chance to thank the employees of the Texts / Translations application on the Endowment for their effective guidance and type encouragement over the last few years . we're thankful for an award from the study kinfolk Fund on the college of Hawaii, which supplied the first translator with a course-reduction for the semester following our six fur months of labor at the translation in Japan . The nished through this award got here at simply the precise time, and speeded up development at the undertaking significantly. We additionally desire to recognize the help of the NorthEast Council of the organization for Asian experiences. A go back and forth provide offered in 1988 enabled us to come back to Japan for ultimate consultations with Professor Nishitani in Kyoto and Dr. James Heisig in Nagoya. we're thankful to Jan Van Bragt, Director of the Nanzan Insti tute for faith and tradition, for his meticulous analyzing of an early draft of the interpretation, in addition to to James Heisig for his assist in de and reconstructing the manuscript at a later degree . could that each translation proj ect from jap may be blessed with such intelli gent readers . during the process the proj ect Profes sor Horio Tsutomu of Otani collage in Kyoto, a former pupil of Professor Nishita ni's, supplied useful counsel with unfailing serenity. Stefan Thumfart, who was once engaged in graduate learn at Kyoto college on the time of our first used to be sort to me (GRP) see a draft of his German translation of the chapters of Hishitani' s ebook that care for Nietzsche. He additionally supplied references to the TaishO Tripitaka and German translations of the extra opaque quotations xii The Self-Overcoming of Nihilism from chinese language Zen assets (which he had it flip bought from his pal Dr. Dieter Schwal ler) . Gratitude is because of my col league right here in Hawaii, Ben nett, who standardized the orthography of the correct names within the bankruptcy on Russian nihilism . My pal Lee Siegel helped, on the 11th hour, to remove a few tenacious infelicities from the pen final draft of the creation, which had already benefited from James Heisig's reviews . thank you, additionally, to Lori Kuriyama for her effective typing of the complete draft of the interpretation . I should still wish to take the chance to recognize Setsuko to sign up awe Aihara's valuable contribution to the venture, on the facility with which she was once in a position to wrest the main recalci trant passages of eastern into understandable English. both re markable used to be the serene persistence with which, within the earliest levels of the interpretation finished within the sweltering warmth of a Tokyo summer time, she might coolly take me back to the fact of what Nishitani's Japa nese used to be really announcing not like what i presumed it needs to be which means. we must always like, finally, to thank Professor Nishitani himself, in addition to his daughter, for the type hospitality prolonged to us on our visits to his domestic in Kyoto over the last years .