An Inquiry into the Good, Paperback Book
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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 Western philosophy-and established its author as the foremost Japanese philosopher of this century.

In this important new translation, two scholars-one Japanese and one American-have worked together to present a lucid and accurate rendition of Nishida's ideas. "The translators do an admirable job of adhering to the cadence of the original while avoiding unidiomatic, verbatim constructions."-John C.

Maraldo, Philosophy East and West "More accurate and critical than the first translation into English of Nishida's earliest book...An important addition to library collections of twentieth-century philosophy, Japanese intellectual history, and contemporary Buddhist thought."-Choice "A welcome new translation of a work by probably the most original and influential of modern Japanese philosophers."-Hide Ishiguro, Times Literary Supplement "Undoubtedly the most important work for anyone in the West interested in understanding modern Japanese thought.

This work premiered Japanese philosophy as modern but has also shown unusual staying power. In the late twentieth century Japanese thinkers, both religious and secular, insist on its importance and relevance."-William R.

La Fleur, University of Pennsylvania


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 218 pages
  • 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/>

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