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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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Details Collect From YY Nishida develops along with Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty one of the most profound critiques by any philosopher of the subject-object dichotomy and the metaphysics that are based on this dichotomy. As a heuristic approach to a summary of his thought, we may broadly distinguish three stages. In the end, Nishida remains ambiguous about the extent to which individuals are, or should be, formed by the will of the state, and whether religion can or should criticize the state or society.

Showing of 6 reviews. This project developed in a direction quite opposite to that of psychologism, which would reduce logic to the contingencies of the individual mind or brain. But even in this simple form it has drastic implications in perhaps unexpected ways. An extant photograph shows dozens of people camped out all night long awaiting the issue of the first volume on July 20, In epistemological terms, knower and known are the same, and this instance of unity serves as the prototype of all knowledge.

An Inquiry Into the Good

That world of creative activity anticipates what Nishida eventually considered the ultimate topos that defies description, predication, or determination by god beyond or different from it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In the second section I will attempt to make a case for also reading Nishida’s later works in addition to this work.

The analysis of successful physical theories provides yet another model. The translation seems good and his writing style isn’t deliberately cryptic. Trivia About An Inquiry into t The topos of being describes the world of nature.

Nishida experienced the death of his first wife and four of his eight children; upon the passing of his first son he wrote this waka poem: Collection delivery service resumes on Wednesday 2 January Johnny rated it really liked it Sep 15, What implications does this have in the realm of ethics?


While commentators have long pointed out the debt of Nishida to Zen Buddhist practice and thought, they have only recently begun to identify other Asian sources of his philosophy by researching his vast library in Asian languages Dalissier b. Gonna stay home with this copy until I finish it again!

A Study of the GoodV. Kristin rated it really liked it Feb 08, In a sense, awareness is irreducible, but it has a logical structure that accounts for its connection to a world of objects. The amount of sheer nonsense I have read here is astounding for one of the greatest Japanese philosophers.

Rhe Philosophical EssaysRobert Shinzinger trans. God or the absolute embraces and never excludes the human or relative, and the relative self never coincides with or dissolves into God. Nishida uses the Buddhist connective soku to indicate the relation between one and many and to emphasize their inherent reversibility.

An Inquiry Into the Good by Nishida, Kitaro

Black Cat Hill Books Published: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. On the other hand, Nishida recognizes that religion is a social and cultural phenomenon, and that the contemporary individual is a subject of a state.

Such constituents are abstract concepts formulated for the sake of explanation, and they cannot actually exist. Particulars or individuals are placed within universals to specify their difference from other particulars or individuals, and less extensive nihida are placed within more extensive ones, until one reaches the ultimate, boundless universal called nothingness.

They are the determinations of absolute nothingness…. For Nishida, the artist takes in or intuits giod world and transforms or enacts it, both of which are but two moments in a single unfolding—not only of the world but of the artist as well. We had to get this for one of my kids college class. His notion of the essentiality of religion is remarkably individualistic, removed from all social contingencies.

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La Fleur, University of Pennsylvania Well that was a doozy I’m taking into account that Nishida wrote this in couple of years beforebut the constant and blatant prejudice toward the science of even his time in favor of religion is astounding. Nishida emphasized that enactive intuition is a bodily achievement, the performance of an embodied individual who in turn is formed by the world; again, both body and world must be conceived as historical. At any moment the world in process mirrors the indeterminacy or openness of tthe nothingness and contains the conditions for novelty and future possibilities; however it also encompasses everything that has already been determined.


In fact, Nishida maintains that the individual, precisely as distinct, entails a plurality of interrelated individuals. In the late twentieth century Japanese thinkers, both religious and secular, insist on its importance and relevance. The Saint Bookstore Condition: This review will divide itself roughly into two sections.

Nishida Kitarō

Prejudicial view of science and adherence to concepts like human nature and essentialism in favor of religious sentiments is there to slap you on every page. These themes already formed an integral part of his theory of giod historical world but became all the more pressing in a time of world war. Yet his appropriation of ideas from Asian philosophies is also evident to the discerning reader, if more by way of allusion and affinity than by direct citation.

Theory of Universals and the Logic of Place 3. He sought not only to undermine the distinctions between subjective and objective but also to place both sides within a more comprehensive and concrete conception.

What makes me an individual is not merely my differences from others nor my sameness with some essential core; it is precisely what most makes me not me, what negates me nsihida, in any moment of action.

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