Inverse Correlation: Comparative Philosophy in an Upside Down World

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 8 (1):79--116 (2016)
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Abstract

Kitarō Nishida introduces the concept of “inverse correlation‘ in his final work, The Logic of Place and the Religious Worldview, which he uses to illuminate the relation between finite and infinite, human and divine/buddha, such that the greater the realization of human limitation and finitude, the greater that of the limitless, infinite divine or buddhahood. This essay explores the applicability of the logic and rhetoric of inverse correlation in the cases of the early Daoist Zhuangzi, medieval Japanese Buddhist Shinran, and modern Protestant Christian Kierkegaard, as well as broader ramifications for contemporary philosophy of religion.

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