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An Inquiry into the Good Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0300052336
ISBN-10: 0300052332
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (January 29, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300052332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300052336
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review will divide itself roughly into two sections. In the first section I will attempt to provide a brief summary of Nishida's philosophy as presented in this book which, due to limitations of space, will remain profoundly inadequate. In the second section I will attempt to make a case for also reading Nishida's later works in addition to this work. An Inquiry into the Good is Nishida's first book, and it is also his most popular book. While it is certainly profound in it's own right, and deserves close attention, Nishida's thought underwent a tremendous development throughout his life. So I thoroughly recommend that anyone who reads this book also attempt to get their hands on some of Nishida's later works (especially Intelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness: Three Philosophical Essays and Last Writings: Nothingness and the Religious Worldview).

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Nishida's ultimate concern in this work, as his title suggests, is with the question of the nature of the good which can be considered an ethical question in the broad sense. This fact is often overlooked because Nishida considers questions about value to be intimately connected with questions about the nature of reality, or what we ordinarily call metaphysical questions. In fact one of the great motivating sources for Nishida's philosophy as a whole is Nishida's attempt to overcome what has become known in the West as the fact/value dichotomy. So in order to address the nature of the good Nishida first has to address questions about the nature of reality.
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just got another copy of Nishida's first work. Every time somebody sees me reading this book, for years now, they borrow it and I never see the book again. Got this one used, good shape, good shipping, not too much writing in it, I am happy. Gonna stay home with this copy until I finish it again! This book is NOT about Zen at all. If you are new to Buddhism get this for later use. You will use it! Its mostly a compilation of the thoughts of Satoru.
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Nishida's book was a bit tedious. The translation seems good and his writing style isn't deliberately cryptic. Familiarity in Eastern thought, particularly Zen Buddhist thought, greatly aids making sense of what he says. Also a familiarity with Kant and Hegel (whom he responds to) and the Western tradition would be greatly helpful.

Aside from his key point on reckoning with things in their immediacy (paraphrase), I found quite a gem in his description of God in his later chapters -- a view of God even atheistic materialists might agree with.

All in all a good book, lacking in style but not in substance.
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