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Place and DialecticTwo Essays by Nishida Kitaro$
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Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199841172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841172.001.0001

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Logic and Life

Logic and Life

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(p.103) 3 Logic and Life
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Place and Dialectic
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Nishida Kitarō

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841172.003.0003

This essay from 1936/37 inquires into the prelogical origin of logic. It exemplifies one way in which Nishida’s thinking evolved after the initial articulation of his basho-theory. Here Nishida applies his understanding of basho (place) to the outer world of history, wherein human beings interact and work upon one another and upon things. The origin of logic is traced to our concrete lived interactivity in and with the historical world, an interactivity that Nishida calls “acting-intuition.” Nishida conceives the dynamic whole of this structure, involving not only world and self but also the human body and technē—our manipulation of tools and making of things to reshape the world—as dialectical. The dialectical unfolding of this structure is the world’s historical formation that gives birth to logic. Logic thus proves to be an expression of the world’s self-formation.

Keywords:   logic, history, interactivity, world, acting-intuition, body, technē, tools, dialectic, historical formation

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