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IDEALISM

BY

KISHIO SATOMI

AUTHOR OF

Japanese Civilisation : ils Significance and Realisation
Altjapanischer Idealismus und seine Entwicklung; etc.

LONDON :
KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, TRUBNER & CO. LTD

NEW YORK: E. P., DUTTON & CO.

Printed in Great Britain at
The Mayflower Press, Plymouth. William Brendon & Son, Ltd.

B137 I453

PREFACE

The attention among Western peoples paid to civilization in the East is increasing year by year. For the purpose of introducing some important aspects of Japanese civilization, I have lately published a work in London entitled Japanese Civilization : its Significance and Realization. But in that book I confined my statements to Nichirenism and its relation to the Japanese National Principles, and as to other problems I had to refrain from commenting on them.

The present work corresponds to what I have stated in the Preface to my former work, viz. that "I hope to have a chance of introducing under a tentative title ‘The Fundamental Ideas of Japanese Moral Philosophy."

The author has treated his work philosophically, historically, and by way of proof has adduced several important problems concerning Japanese idealism which have as yet not been quite clearly introduced to the West.

Every chapter of the present work seems in itself an independent essay; nevertheless the reader will observe a natural system followed throughout the process of all the chapters. The chapter“ Ancient Japanese Idealism and its Development” has been previously published in the German language in Berlin as Altjapanischer Idealismus und seine Entwicklung. I have received

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many letters about it from readers, and it seems to me that the work has been rather successful. So I include it as a chapter in the present work, but for the English translation (with the exception of the fifth section, Nichiren's Revival of Idealism and his Philosophy," which was executed by myself) I am indebted to Mr Kaji, Mr Kawamura, M.A., and Mr Kimitsuka, M.A., for the first draft for which I desire to express

my thanks.

I do not know whether the present work will prove a success. It certainly is, at any rate, a thoroughly modern interpretation of Japanese idealism.

The time appointed for my departure from Europe is drawing nigh. How numerous my feelings are, and how varied !

KISHIO SATOMI.

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