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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An Inquiry Into the Good

The Inner ChaptersLondon and Boston: It was not always necessary for him to name his Asian sources as explicitly, for he could appeal to the general education of Japanese readers who would be familiar with the classics of Asia and with the convention of appropriating ideas without directly referring to them.

It is almost impossible for any Western reader to interpret Nishida’s statement that true reality consists in phenomena of consciousness in anything but an idealist way. It is possible, however, to discern four methods that pervade his philosophy and make it easier for the reader to follow the train of his thought.

The topos of relative nothingness comprises the field of consciousness that is no-thing with respect to the things of which it is conscious. 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.

To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video. Nishitani writes, “The sense of quest Nishida later said his first attempts, formulated from the standpoint of consciousness, invited the charges of psychologism Nishidaxxxiand mysticism Nishidaxxiiiand so he abandoned the language of pure experience and absolute will. An important addition to library collections of twentieth-century philosophy, Japanese intellectual history, and contemporary Buddhist thought.

As mentioned earlier, the historical world lived by human beings, for example, is more concrete than the material world studied by physics since the historical, human world comprehends in both senses of the word the merely physical and can never be reduced to it.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Browse titles authors subjects uniform titles series callnumbers dewey numbers starting from optional. In a sense, awareness is irreducible, but it has a logical structure that accounts for its connection to a world of objects. Sign up to receive offers and updates: I have recently, for instance, been pondering the implications of Nishida’s theory of the good for the field of economics.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage inquury Amazon. Be prepared for slow-going r I encountered this book in another book called “Zen and Western Thought. Ships from and sold by allnewbooks. But those transcendentals, insofar as they themselves all elude predication, actually point to a more inclusive and undifferentiated topos, absolute nothingness. Inquidy than a mere absence of being, meaning, or function, absolute nothingness is active and creative in forming the actual world; and it manifests or awakens to itself through self-awareness.

Keith rated it it was amazing Dec 25, Minor shelfwear to covers. Every time somebody sees me reading this book, for years now, they borrow it and I never see the book again. Mirror Sites View this site from another server: The basic idea is that the world is a place of mediation between acting individuals.

Granted, the work can take on a life of its own as an object of appreciation or criticism, but it always carries its reference to the artist, as the identity of the artist likewise cannot be separated from her work.

Intelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness: In what Nishida alternatively called the logic of objects or subjective logic, objects of consciousness are made the grammatical subject of propositions or judgments, and are specified by predicating properties of the subject. So itno conclusions does Nishida reach in regard ghe the nature of reality by following this method?

God cannot be wholly transcendent to or exclusive of the self or the world. There are nlshida sides of this idea to consider: See what’s been added to the collection in the current 1 2 3 4 5 6 weeks months years. This nothingness however is still opposed to being, and so differs from the absolute nothingness that underlies both sides of the opposition.


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The Descent into Happiness: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The topos of being describes the world of nature.

Several overlapping models help make sense of this logic. Being is born from nonbeing. Another early model was the logic of universals that serve as predicates. Nishida envisioned an alternative, however.

At this level culture and religion function almost as regulative ideas. Lists with This Book. Set up a giveaway. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? It is the foundation of the world and of the self unto is a focal point of the world; but it is an uncommon kind of foundation in that it functions through self-negation.

Nishida Kitarō

The Preface to the third volume of his Philosophical Essays published in gives us his own view of the unity of his progression: Nevertheless a inqquiry place is accorded the nation of Japan. Selected DocumentsWestport, Connecticut and London: This is a very simplistic overview of Nishida’s theory of the Good and does not come close to doing it justice.

While it is certainly profound in it’s own right, and deserves close attention, Nishida’s thought underwent a tremendous development throughout his life. Where his arguments seek higher forms of inclusion rather nishidq rejection of opposing views, he harks back to Chinese Buddhist schemes of explanation that absorb and contextualize rival doctrines rather than exclude them.