An Inquiry into the Good
Cover of an English translation
|Original title||Zen no kenkyū|
Influence and reception
Graham Parkes, writing in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2005), described An Inquiry into the Good as a "masterpiece" 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.
Ninian Smart, writing in World Philosophies (2008), stated that the book "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, according to Smart, the work was criticized by the philosopher Takahashi Satomi, who found the subjectivism of "pure experience" too psychological.
- Parkes, Graham; Honderich, Ted, Editor (2005). The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
- Smart, Ninian; Leaman, Oliver, Editor (2008). World Philosophies, Revised Second Edition. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-41189-9.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)