Departing from and Returning to Nothingness

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Anton Luis Sevilla


This review highlights The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy’s focus on “departures from nothingness.” These departures are seen in four themes: the definition of tetsugaku (philosophy), interpersonal relationships, culture, and the socio-political sphere. In the first theme, I examine the dialogical character of nothingness (formlessness) and how it might relate with being (form). In the second, I show how this engagement with being connects to how we relate with the Thou, and examine its particulars in a unique spiritual form of Japanese feminism. In the third, I examine how this relational nothingness connects to society, social imaginaries, and aesthetics. And in the fourth, I delve into the complex interrelationship of nothingness and politics. I end with a note on the philosophical relevance of Yusa’s ordering of these chapters, and the potential of both departing from and returning to nothingness.

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Sevilla, A. L. (2018). Departing from and Returning to Nothingness. Journal of World Philosophies, 3(2), 123–126. Retrieved from
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Anton Luis Sevilla

Anton Luis Sevilla is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education at Kyushu University, Japan. He is a specialist in Watsuji Tetsurô, and his current research focuses on the application of the philosophy of nothingness to education—as well as the rethinking of nothingness from the point of view of education.