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 one respect, he distanced himself from his milieu where everyday life was dominated by an authoritarian state. Pure experience launches the dynamic process of reality that differentiates into subjective and objective phenomena on their way to a higher unity, ann the recapture of our unitary foundation is what Nishida means by the Good. The third stage sharpens the focus on the dialectical world as a place of mediation between interacting individuals as historically embodied selves.

Three years later he was able to write The bottom of my soul has such depth; Neither joy nor the waves of sorrow can reach it Nishidafrontispiece.

During his lifetime Nishida took his critics seriously and sometimes changed course because of their criticisms.

There is a form of consciousness that inherently reflects or mirrors itself within itself, so that there is no difference between that which reflects and what is reflected. Nishida intended his theory of place or topos to provide a logical foundation for his previous philosophy of experience and self-awareness.

In addressing the concerns of Western thinkers he followed the path taken by nearly all Japanese professors of philosophy since the inception inquirh the academic discipline in the s. Nihida book is unsuccessful attempt at combining mainly German Idealism, James’ pragmatism and Zen Buddhism.

Advanced search Search history. My personal self-awareness arises not when I recognize my identity through memory, for example, nor simply when I encounter an other I; rather it arises in experiencing the groundlessness of my own existence, in recognizing what is absolutely other to a substantial self-same self. Ultimately, Nishida himself is best considered an independent thinker, as the growing literature in Japanese and Western languages attests.


In this stage relations come to the fore: Nishida sees the ultimate good for the human being in a surrendering to God, or in a becoming one with the god of the universe. A handsome, like-new copy, showing no flaws. Toward the end of his life, perhaps thinking of the significance of death for understanding individuality, perhaps re-considering the theme of self-awakening as a kind of death and re-birth, Nishida delved inqquiry into the relation between the individual finite human self and the absolute or God.

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Nishida Kitarō (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

A translation of Nishida’s earliest book which represented the foundation of thf philosophy – reflecting both his study of Zen Buddhism and xn thorough analysis of Western philosophy. The self-reflection known as self-consciousness or self-awareness jikaku provides an answer. Similarly, we conceptualize the historical world sometimes as produced out of nature by human work and activity, sometimes as producing the individuals who interact in it, but we should think of it primarily as the mediating place inquity interactive creation.

His rejection of a positive foundation or substratum, and his insistence on irreducible but inseparable terms in relation, explain why the holistic tendency evident in his methodology does not devolve into a simple monism, and why many commentators refer to his philosophy as non-dualist instead.

Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database. The concern with death was perhaps as much a political as a personal matter for Nishida, whose health in was quickly failing.

His perseverance through turmoil explains perhaps some of the intensity of his writing.

This present in its absolute presence is the place where history can happen precisely because it enfolds the past though is not entirely determined by the past and it holds the future as infinite possibility. Read more Read less. Theory of the Historical World 4. Maraldo, Philosophy East and West “More accurate and critical than the first translation into English of Nishida’s earliest book. Nishida grew up in the early years of the Meiji era —when Japan had reopened to the world after two and a half centuries of relative isolation and was undergoing a revolutionary Europeanization of its political, educational and cultural institutions.


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An Inquiry into the Good

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. In An Inquiry Into the Goodpure experience describes the primal undifferentiated form that subsequently dirempts into differentiated forms: Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. Zen is often suspicious of abstract, rational conceptions of reality and instead favors a method of “direct seeing” in approaching reality.

It is the pre-individual basis of a systematic and all-comprehensive process. Nishida drew upon such Buddhist and Daoist precedents in formulating his critique of substantialist metaphysics and his notion of absolute nothingness as an all-encompassing, ultimate frame of reference that is creative yet not transcendent to the world.

An Inquiry Into the Good

We might also understand the work as an objectification of the artist, an expression of her inner spirit that externalizes and actualizes it.

If you are new to Buddhism get this for later use. Another early model was the logic of universals that serve as predicates.

The production of the work would then be a causative process contributing in turn to the production of the historical world. 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 mein any moment of action. Nishida’s ultimate concern in this work, as his title suggests, is with the question of the nature of the good which can inqiry considered an ethical question in the broad sense.