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1st Unit : 3rd Study Group Session

1st Unit : 3rd Study Group Session

Enryo Inoue’s Tetsugaku Issekiwa and Kitaro Nishida

The 3rd Study Meeting, the 1st Unit

The third study meeting of the 1st Unit was held on November 30, 2011 at Room 6405 on Hakusan Campus, Toyo University. At the meeting, Research Associate Dr. Masato Shirai gave a presentation titled “Enryo Inoue’s Tetsugaku Issekiwa and Kitaro Nishida.”

It is well known that Kitaro Nishida was inspired to study philosophy ever since reading Enryo Inoue’s Tetsugaku Issekiwa. However, the relations between Enryo’s philosophy and Nishida’s philosophy have not been fully discussed to date. Mr. Shirai, through close examinations of Enryo’s Tetsugaku Issekiwa, pointed out its affinity with Nishida’s Zen no kenkyu(An Inquiry into the Good) and argued that the two works coould be aligned in one trend of philosophy in the Meiji era.

In Testugaku Issekiwa, Enryo’s disciples debate over a topic but the arguments on both sides get stuck, then finally Master Enryo passes the judgement. At this time, Master Enryo advocates “Enryo no taido” (Enryo’s great path) that is biased toward neither argument of his disciples. The “Enryo no taido” represents the dynamism of reality which goes on moving, while involving both discrimination and indiscrimination as “ a great living being.” On the other hand, the pure experience discussed by Kitaro Nishida in Zen no Kenkyu also represents the dynamism of reality which goes on moving containing both unity and contradiction. In a sense that both Inoue and Nishida dealt with dynamism that goes on moving, having two sides of singularity and plurarity, discrimination and indiscrimination, unity and contracidtion or coflict, they are considered to belong to the same school of philosophy.

The 3rd Study Meeting, the 1st Unit

TThere was also an active question and answer session, in which the discussion was deepend around the relations with Western philosophy, the terminological features from the perspecitive of Chinese philosophy, likewise the terminological features from the perspecitive of Indian philosophy, and the relations between Nishida and Yangmingism.