An Inquiry into the Good
Cover of an English translation
|Original title||Zen no kenkyū|
Influence and receptionEdit
Graham Parkes described An Inquiry into the Good as a "masterpiece". He wrote that was made possible by the Japanese interest in western philosophy that began with the Meiji Restoration of 1868. He considered the book "path-breaking" and identified it as Nishida's best-known accomplishment.
The religious studies scholar Ninian Smart stated that An Inquiry into the Good "struck many readers as the first truly creative work by a Japanese that did not merely repeat western ideas, and yet made use of modern thinking and terminology." However, he added that the work was criticized by the philosopher Takahashi Satomi, who found the subjectivism of "pure experience" too psychological.
- Parkes, Graham (2005). "Japanese philosophy". In Honderich, Ted (ed.). The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Smart, Ninian (2008). "China, Korea and Japan in modern times". In Leaman, Oliver (ed.). World Philosophies, Revised Second Edition. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-41189-9.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)