An Inquiry into the Good by Kitaro NishidaAn Inquiry into the Good by Kitaro Nishida

An Inquiry into the Good

byKitaro Nishida

Paperback | January 29, 1992

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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."-Hidé 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

Generally considered Japan's first major modern philosopher, Nishida Kitaro was the founder of an approach to philosophy that usually is identified as the Kyoto School. Born near Kanazawa, where he was a childhood friend of D.T. Suzuki, Nishida attended Tokyo University and upon graduation became a country high school teacher. During t...
Title:An Inquiry into the GoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 9 × 5.38 × 0.68 inPublished:January 29, 1992Publisher:Yale University Press

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ISBN - 10:0300052332

ISBN - 13:9780300052336

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Book Nishida is credited as the founder of the Kyoto School of Philosophy, and this is considered to be his greatest work. The chapters are nice and short, but filled with a lot of brilliant ideas. I especially enjoyed the aspects of Buddhism that came up throughout this text. This is a short book, but very dense.
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