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Affirming fate and incorporating death: the role of amor fati in Nishitani's 'Religion and Nothingness'

Flavel, S (2018) 'Affirming fate and incorporating death: the role of amor fati in Nishitani's 'Religion and Nothingness'.' Philosophy East and West, 68 (2). ISSN 1529-1898 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

In this article I consider the relevance of Friedrich Nietzsche’s notion of amor fati for interpreting central aspects of the Kyoto school philosopher Keiji Nishitani’s position in his magnum opus, Religion and Nothingness. In particular, I argue for the importance of the problem of loving fate as a background for understanding the second chapter of the text, ‘The Personal and the Impersonal in Religion.’ With reference to the ‘death’s head’ method of contemplation, I consider Nishitani’s linking of the problem of nihilism with the Zen Buddhist attempt to address human finitude through direct experience of one’s own existential status as 'the skull in pampas grass.' I thereby shed further light on the nature of Nishitani’s existential project by means of his relationship to central aspects of Nietzsche’s thinking, particularly with reference to the theme of death and it’s place in life affirmation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Kyoto School, Nishitani Keiji, Religion and Nothingness, Nietzsche Nishitani, Nishitani Nihilism, Buddhist Philosophy Nihilism, Nietzsche Amor Fati, Nietzsche and Asian Thought, Nietzsche Nihilism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2015 16:42
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:27
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/6867
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