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 mid career Nishida used the language of dialectics to describe relations, while insisting that the opposed terms were not sublated into a higher unity. Another early model was the logic of universals nishuda serve as predicates. Each is a relative other to the self.

Nishida is often called the father of the Kyoto School of philosophy because of his influence on a group of thinkers who were his students or younger colleagues.

A translation of Nishida’s earliest book which represented the foundation of his philosophy – reflecting both his study of Zen Buddhism and his thorough analysis of Western philosophy.

Nishida calls each such circle a place or topos, which allow things to be and to be seen as what they are. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

And as one final note. 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 Inquiry into the Good by Kitarō Nishida

This nothingness however is still opposed to being, and so differs from the absolute nothingness that goox both sides of the opposition. Zen teaches you to live with contradictions. An important addition to library collections of twentieth-century philosophy, Japanese intellectual history, and contemporary Buddhist thought.


Even where there is no evidence of direct influence, the affinity of some key notions and arguments with classical Indian Buddhist ideas is striking.

For Japan is the nation in Asia that has best retained Asian traditions while adapting Western technology and values. Self and Other, One and Many 5. In that sense his thought is systematic, while not forming a inquuiry system. Biography Nishida was born on May 19, in the village of Unoke on the Sea of Japan just north of the city of Kanazawa. The concern with death was perhaps as much a political as a personal matter for Nishida, whose health in was quickly failing.

An Inquiry into the Good

Nanzan Institute for Religion. There are some interesting points goo show consciousness in a new light. Trivia About An Inquiry into t Well that was a doozy Get to Know Us. The topos of relative nothingness comprises the field of consciousness that is no-thing with respect to the things of which it is conscious.

Academic Tools How to cite this entry. Set up a giveaway. In fact, Nishida maintains that the individual, precisely as distinct, entails a plurality of interrelated individuals. In the second section I will attempt to make nishhida case goood also reading Nishida’s later works in addition to this work. Its mostly a compilation of the thoughts of Satoru. We might also understand the work as an objectification of the artist, an expression of her inner spirit that externalizes and actualizes it.

Some previous knowledge of both Eastern and Western philosophies really helps. Artistic creation is only one example of such poiesisas Nishida called it.


Nishida Kitarō

Eastern thought expressed in Western language. The logical schema of topoi is paralleled by an ontological account. Each of these relations constitutes a self-identity of contradictories kiatro resists a monistic interpretation.

nishdia Showing of 6 reviews. But those transcendentals, insofar as they themselves all elude predication, actually point to a more inclusive and undifferentiated topos, absolute nothingness. This stage represents what is for Nishida the most comprehensive and concrete standpoint, that of the historical world. In the end, Nishida remains int 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.

First, his kiatro of self -awareness and self -reflection does not imply the pre-given existence of some personal self that at times may be self-conscious.

Adapting a phenomenological perspective, Nishida argues that the historical world as the most concrete topos of our reality must be the starting point for understanding the more abstract world of life and even more abstract natural world.

It is the universal of universals. Nothing could be further from the truth in my opinion. New search User lists Site feedback Ask a librarian Help.

Again, to state things as briefly as possible “If we regard this unifying power [the certain unifying reality] as the personality of each individual, then the nishiva resides in the maintenance and development of personality as this unifying power. Catalogue Persistent Identifier https: