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Coincidentia Oppositorium: The Greek Genealogies Of Japan

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This chapter begins with author question that how a Third World country-as it could be argued Japan was until recent times-could stand up economically and culturally to the giants of the technologically advanced world. It is concerned mainly with cultural questions, author could answer by emphasizing the idea of eclecticism that allows the incorporation of the advanced "Other" into the explanation of the backward "self". One method would be the use in Japan of Hegel's synthetic process, in which opposites are overcome for the sake of a third, more "universal" alternative. The chapter analyzes Ōnishi's application of the method of coincidentia oppositorum to his reading of ancient Japan, which Ōnishi identifies as the time of the compilation of ancient prayers and poems appearing in the collection known as Ten Thousand Leaves-approximately the seventh and eighth centuries.

Keywords: coincidentia oppositorum; Japan



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