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Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 33, 2018

Philosophical Traditions in Asia and the Pacific

Monserrat Crespin Perales
Pages 11-18
DOI: 10.5840/wcp23201833768

Paradoxical Utterances
An Approximation about Nishida’s Use of Heraclitus’ Fragments in An Inquiry into the Good (1911)

The paper discusses the use of Heraclitus’ ideas in Nishida Kitarõ early work, An inquiry into the Good (1911), in order to show how both thinkers, distant in time and philosophical tradition, coincide in present the formative process of reality, defending a common principle that impulses the process (named logos and “pure experience”). It also discusses how these principles can be feasible strategies to escape from a substance-based ontology, but resulting in linguistic paradoxical assertions, able to show the possibility for an identity of opposites.

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