An Inquiry into the Good, Paperback
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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.

The book provides an account of this 20th-century Japanese philosopher's ideas.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 218 pages, select bibliography
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Oriental & Indian philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780300052336



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Really bad. Constant use-mention errors don't help. 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. This book is unsuccessful attempt at combining mainly German Idealism, James' pragmatism and Zen Buddhism. It doesn't quite work out. The amount of sheer nonsense I have read here is astounding for one of the greatest Japanese philosophers. Just one of the "perls of wisdom":<br/>"Some scholars think that certain simple, independent constituents - such as the atoms expounded by atomists are fundamental reality. Such constituents are abstract concepts formulated for the sake of explanation, and they cannot actually exist." (Chapter 9).<br/>There you have it, atoms are abstract concepts that don't exist. Somebody should tell the scientists.<br/>I have read Art and Morality by Nishida and that was a decent book, that was actually interesting and had a unique approach to the topics mentioned in the title, but this is....really, really bad book.<br/>I'm taking into account that Nishida wrote this in couple of years before 1911, but the constant and blatant prejudice toward the science of even his time in favor of religion is astounding. <br/>