Intuition and Reflection in Self-Consciousness

Nishida Kitarō trans. by Y. Takeuchi, V. Viglielmo, J. S. O'Leary

Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1987.

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A translation of the second volume of the Collected Works of Japan’s foremost twentieth-century philosopher, this book provides a rare glimpse into the struggle of the Japanese mind to rethink the concerns of Western philosophy in terms of the Eastern intellectual heritage. The translation evokes the movement and flavor of the notoriously opaque original as well as clarifying its obscurities and eliminating much of the repetition. Moreover, this is the first translation of Nishida’s works, in Japanese or English, to appear with complete bibliographical annotation. Everyone interested in the interaction of Eastern and Western thought-forms now has a document elucidating many of the cultural, psychological, and intellectual dynamics that have shaped Japanese intellectual life in one of its most fascinating and ambitious manifestations.

Intuition and Reflection in Self-Consciousness is a primary source of considerable historical and philosophical interest.

David A. Dilworth

The translators deserve praise for a good job on a difficult text. The foreword and bibliographical notes by Joseph O’Leary are especially useful..

Paul Griffiths