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Nishida Kitarō

Nishida Kitarō (1870–1945). Leading Japanese Buddhist philosopher and founder of the Kyōto school of philosophy. He assimilated W. philosophy and created his own distinctive philosophical system based largely upon Buddhist religious thought. In 1911 he published his first work, A Study of Good (Zen no kenkyū), which was to become the most widely read philosophical book written by a Japanese. Then with his work, Hataraku mono kara miru mono e (From the Acting to the Seeing, 1927), Nishida began systematically building up his concept of ‘place’ (basho), the self-identity of ‘absolute Nothingness’ from which the individual reality of everything could be derived. In the world of human reality, through religious experience we enter into ‘absolute nothingness’, the final determination and field of everything.

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