Kitaro Nishida, An Inquiry Into the Good. Trans, by Masao Abe and. Christopher Ives. New Haven: Yale University Press, , xxxiv and pages, with index. Nishida Kitarō was the most significant and influential Japanese . Starting with An Inquiry Into the Good, Nishida’s early work calls into. An Inquiry into the Good represented the foundation of Nishida’s philosophy— reflecting both his deep study of Zen Buddhism and his thorough analysis of.

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In the last years of his life, he seemed to anticipate his death and recognize human finitude more strongly as an inevitable disruption of any comprehensive systematic account. Nishida did use the language of transcendence to explain absolute nothingness, saying it transcended the opposition between being and non-being for example; but such language did not indicate any thing, power, or consciousness beyond the world.

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An Inquiry Into the Good

For Nishida, if there are no parts outside a whole, its evident differentiation must be explained. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Share your thoughts with other customers. Whereas this mutual formation can be described in terms of a causative process taking time, with the person first intuiting or internalizing and then acting or externalizing, Nishida described it in terms of the place or topos wherein intuiting entails acting and acting int intuiting, and wherein the difference between internal and external collapses.

Unobtrusively placed in the current of a discussion on a particular issue, god anecdotal allusions serve to clarify an idea, to inwuiry a concrete example, or to insert a playful turn of phrase into otherwise ponderous prose.

As self-aware and globally historical, the world will be mirrored variously in each nation. The critics suggested that Nishida ignored the world determined by individual human action by replacing individual human subjectivity with trans-individual experience or consciousness and eventually shifting noshida agency to the world as a universal. Larson rated it really liked it Jan 30, This article presents his work in a roughly chronological order.


An Inquiry into the Good represented the foundation of Nishida’s philosophy-reflecting both his deep study of Zen Buddhism and his ggood analysis of Western philosophy-and established its author as the foremost Japanese philosopher of this century.

Schopenhauer looms large here.

Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! His style is akin to the manner in which one repeatedly practices a traditional Japanese art like calligraphy, poetry or even Zen mediation: Want to Read saving…. A Philosophical TranslationNew York: How does such a system account for fallibility, unpredictability, distortion or violence? But correctly understood Nishida’s views cannot be reduced to either idealism or realism as these are commonly understood.

In the discussions of the one and the many, however, Nishida relatively neglected the notion of self-awakening——the other, Buddhist-tinged reading of jikaku that is such an important part of the I-You relation.

See all 6 reviews. Briefly stated Nishida arrives at a vision of reality as “an independent, self-sufficient, pure activity” which is held together by what Nishida calls in this translation “a certain unifying reality” at the base of experience. Not content merely to expose such assumptions, however, Nishida formulated a novel ontology of experience and self-awareness that would give them logical necessity. The self-reflection known as self-consciousness or self-awareness jikaku provides an answer.

What determines individuality at the most concrete level is the one historical world that functions dialectically as the place or medium of interaction among innumerable individuals. Even where there is no evidence of direct influence, the affinity of some key notions and arguments thd classical Indian Buddhist ideas is striking. This fact is often overlooked because Nishida considers questions about value to be intimately connected with questions about the nature of reality, or what we ordinarily call metaphysical questions.

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Manuel Paradela rated it liked it Nov 27, Check the index at the end to see which philosophers are most discussed. There is a form of consciousness that inherently reflects or mirrors itself within itself, so that there is no difference between that inqukry reflects and what is reflected.

In one respect, he distanced himself from his milieu where everyday life was dominated by lnquiry authoritarian state. Such awareness became a task for philosophy or, more specifically, for the philosopher.


An Inquiry into the Good by Kitarō Nishida

At this level culture and religion function almost as regulative ideas. The second stage, broadly speaking, is defined by the standpoint of place or topos basho.

Intelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? His last work recapitulated his non-dualistic account of world and self, but also reinterpreted the meaning of death.

Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. The standpoint of the conscious self consists in setting up an opposition between the self and things so that we have a self on the one hand and things existing apart from the self on the other.

Nishida concentrated on the philosophical books that made their way into Japan and for the next decade wrote numerous essays that reworked ideas from the Neo-Kantians, Royce, Bergson, Hermann Lotze and, to a lesser extent, Husserl.

An Inquiry into the Good

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Nishida calls each such circle a place or topos, which allow things to be and to be seen as what they are. Nika rated it it was amazing Oct 17, Some previous knowledge of both Eastern and Western philosophies really helps. Somebody should tell the scientists.

Because Nishida throughout his career cited Western philosophers far more often than Asian sources, it is easy to read his thought as an ongoing engagement with problems that have their origin in Western traditions.

Yet he considered much fhe that work a distraction. It doesn’t quite work out. In that sense his thought is systematic, while not forming a closed system.