In Remembrance of Ueda Shizuteru

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Bret W. Davis


Ueda Shizuteru 上田閑照, one of the most consequential and celebrated Japanese philosophers of the last hundred years, passed away on June 28, 2019, at the age of 93. A professor of religious studies at Kyoto University, he was not only a leading scholar of Meister Eckhart and Nishida Kitarō, he was a highly original philosopher in his own right and widely recognized as the central figure in the third generation of the Kyoto School. Moreover, he was not only one of the foremost philosophical interpreters of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, he was himself an inka certified lay master.

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Davis, B. W. (2020). In Remembrance of Ueda Shizuteru. Journal of World Philosophies, 5(1), 292–293. Retrieved from
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Bret W. Davis, Loyola University Maryland

Bret W. Davis is Professor and T. J. Higgins, S.J. Chair in Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. Along with earning a PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, he has studied and taught for more than a year in Germany and for more than 13 years in Japan. He has published more than seventy-five articles, including “Beyond Philosophical Euromonopolism—Other Ways of, Not Otherwise than—Philosophy” (Philosophy East and West, 2019), and seven books, most recently The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2020).