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date: 17 January 2020

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In his phenomenology of self and world, Ueda draws on a variety of sources, both Western and East Asian, both modern and classical, in order to arrive at the concept of the “self that is not a self” in the “twofold world.” This chapter elucidates Ueda’s philosophy by examining his critical evaluations of Descartes, Heidegger, and Nishida, as well as his original interpretation of Zen’s Ten Ox-Herding Pictures. Ueda’s thought, it is shown, is grounded in a specific experience of the world, an experience in which philosophical analysis is complemented by spiritual practice. Philosophy, he holds, is a soteriological enterprise that confronts us with the question of how we are to face the fact that our self is not a self at all, and our world is a twofold one.

Keywords: Ueda Shizuteru, Nishida Kitarō, Ox-Herding Pictures, phenomenology, Martin Heidegger, René Descartes, self that is not a self, twofold world, being-in-the-world, Meister Eckhart

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