Metamorphoses of ‘Pure Experience’: Buddhist, Enactive and Historical Turns in Nishida

  • Nobuo KazashiEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 1)


This paper brings into relief the hallmark characteristics of Nishida’s philosophy by tracing the transformations his initial stand of “pure experience” came to undergo through his endeavors, spanning over 30 years, to provide it with logical and historical dimensions, which resulted in such seminal notions as “logic of place” and “acting-intuition.” In order to draw out their educational implications in terms of Nishida’s persistent search for the “true self” we take into consideration, at first, the significance of Nishida’s Buddhist background for his initial encounter with James’s philosophy, and secondly the distinctive features of the later Nishida’s thoughts in contrast to the basic tenets of Jamesian radical empiricism characterized by its emphatic advocacy of pluralism as well as other related thoughts such as James Gibson’s ecological psychology.


Western Philosophy Historical World Historical Reality Buddhist Tradition Myriad Thing 
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  1. 1.Graduate School of HumanitiesKobe UniversityKobeJapan

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