The Kyoto School was founded by Nishida Kitaro at the beginning of the 20th century, and now covers three generations of philosophers who have endeavoured to express the insights of the East in the philosophical language of the West. As they did so, however, they have in fact created a new kind of philosophy, a radically new way of thinking from the standpoint of emptiness – and empathy – which goes beyond the limited scope of traditional Western philosophy, which is the standpoint of being – and that of the self-centred calculative mind, cut off from a true experience of reality. Their insights will be of interest to those interested in current research about the nature of consciousness and cognition, as well as those concerned by the inadequacy of the prevalent Western mode of thinking in tackling social, political, economic and environmental issues.


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