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The relationship between ethos and ethics seems evident. When used as a noun, Ethics is the philosophical study of principles relating to the conduct of right or nitoobe actions. Contrariwise, ethos is the basic values that make up the character of a person, a culture, or in the case of this book, a nation. The Soul of Niyobe. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics. It is hard to take away the fact that Nitobe is an intellectual.
His education and training surely prepared him for the stylistic approach apparent throughout the book. At times poetic, at times intriguing, there are numerous examples of the great rhetorical care Nitobe took in composing his words. There should be no question that Nitobe understands and uses a rhetorical mastery in his writing style. I have given a justification for praise, now is the time for critique. Is Nitobe really the proper authority to speak for the people of Japan?
While the book is beautifully written, most of the evidence provided is incredulous or anecdotal. The stories used to explain the ethos of Bushido are no more than anecdotal evidence, handed down in the form of myths and bedtime stories. Not that this is necessarily wrong, but the problem lies in the fact that this is all there is.
This book was written inless than 30 years after the restoration measures which begun the downfall of the warrior. Why would Nitobe not use the people who were these warriors to explain their belief systems and their insight into the true nature of Bushido? At this point, I tne retreat and talk a little about the positive aspects of the book. If only Nitobe would have remembered this intuition when writing.
The main thesis, as I can gather is. Ultimately, there is some good discussion about the eight virtues of Bushido ; viz. There is much to love, and loathe about this text. Lnazo all intents are for understanding.
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A century ago, when Japan was transforming itself from an isolated feudal society into a bushifo nation, a Japanese educator queried about the ethos of his people composed this seminal work, which with his numerous other writings in English made him the best, known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime.
He found in Bushido, the Way of the Warrior, the sources of th A century ago, when Japan was transforming itself from an isolated feudal society into a modern nation, a Japanese educator queried about the ethos of his people composed this seminal work, which with his numerous other writings in English made him inaazo best, known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime.
He found in Bushido, the Way of the Warrior, the sources of the virtues most admired by his people: His approach to his task was eclectic and far-reaching. On the one hand, he delved into the indigenous traditions, into Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism and the moral guidelines handed down over hundreds of years by Japan’s samurai and sages.
On the other hand, he sought similarities and japn by citing not only Western philosophers and statesmen, but also the shapers of European and American thought and civilization going back to the Romans, the Greeks and Biblical times.
This book is a classic to bushiddo generations of scholars and laymen alike have long referred for insights into the character of the Japanese people. And all of its many readers in the past have been amply rewarded, nitibe will be all those who turn to its pages in the next and future decades.
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Does busuido know the current reputation of the author Inazo Nitobe Am among literary Japanese? Cliff “It is commonly suggested that Nitobe Inazo formulated and popularized an idealized version of this martial ethic, which was appropriated and adapted …more “It is commonly suggested that Nitobe Inazo formulated and popularized an idealized version of this martial ethic, which was appropriated and adapted by the Meiji, Taishoand early Showa governments as a ruling ideology that redirected loyalty from feudal lords to the emperor.
This simplistic account of the development of ajpan is problematic, however, and relies on pre-war theories that conflated diverse historical periods and ideologies to provide legitimacy for the modern busgido state and nation.
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Lists with This Book. Apr 25, Paul E. This is an enjoyable and enlightening read provided you don’t go into it expecting it to be a detailed historical study of Bushido as we would expect to see today. Written at the turn of the century, Inazo Nitobe’s book is very much a product of its time nifobe tells the modern reader almost as much about the time in which it was written as it does of feudal Japan. The author writes well but this is more of a misty-eyed, nostalgic pining for ‘the good old days’ bushico a scientific analysis.
Nitobe ill This is an enjoyable and enlightening read provided you don’t go into it expecting it to be a detailed historical study of Bushido as we would expect to see today. Nitobe illustrates his points with examples from Japanese mythology and epic historical poems which obviously were not meant to be taken literally. It’s a bit like somebody trying to prove the existence of the Christian god using only the Bible as evidence; to accept the veracity of the ‘evidence’ you have to already have accepted the existence of what you’re trying to prove.
It’s a bit self-defeating to anybody looking on from a neutral, unbiased viewpoint.
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Inxzo not to say this isn’t worth reading, though. I enjoyed it a great deal, as romanticised and flawed as it is, more as a historical document than an actual history book. It’s difficult not to get swept up by the author’s enthusiasm and love of his subject. Mar 04, Capsguy rated it really liked it Shelves: What an interesting little book!
As many of my Goodreads friends know, I have a keen interest in Japan, although I’ve never really read into its’ history or the philosophical foundations on which it developed, at least to be what it was prior to significant Western influence. The author makes a great point that now over years since he wrote this that Bushido as a japah of life passed through generations is long gone, what with Japan as we all see it today being what it is, but the soul of it What an interesting little book!
The author makes a great point that now over years since he wrote this that Busido as a way of life passed through generations is long gone, what with Japan as we all see it today being what it is, but the soul of it still thrives in the people and culture. Of course no where near as prominently as it once did, but it japaj still there. I do not mean in only the martial arts and other cultural activities, but in the fostering and development of Nirobe people today.
Although, as we are seeing on a global scale, this is lessening as we are all with some exceptions, woul as a general rule converging towards similarity across the globe. This is evident especially when you compare generations in the Japanese, many of the elderly still have that fire and passion in them, where now the youth are focused on more trivial matters and pursuits with little to no interest in their own nation’s heritage.
Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe
Of course Japan is rich in abundance with many unique festivities and whatnot, but a lot of people do these solely because it’s always been done, and even though many have religious connotations, Japan is now one of the least religious nations in the world.
Of course Bushido doesn’t depend on religion, but the fact it did spawn from it cannot be ignored. I’d still say this book is of value even reading now and a lot of the psyche and practice comparisons throughout the book between the West and Japanese are relevant to this day.
There is a significant amount of referencing to scholarly works and philosophical texts, both Eastern and Western throughout the book so readers from Shakespeare to Confucius may be interested in this man’s explanations of such an important part of Japan’s life. May 05, Vivian rated it liked it Shelves: Nitobe specifically wrote this book in to comparatively explain bushido to an occidental audience.
He wrote it in English, later translated into Japanese, and he breaks down the tenets of bushido or the ways of the warrior, bushi warrior and do way and placed them within the historical context of chivalry and knighthood.
Using analogies that western European readers would be familiar with from ancient Greek philosophers to Nietzsche. Born before the Meiji Restorationhe brings a Nitobe specifically wrote this book in to comparatively explain bushido to an occidental audience.
Born before the Meiji Restorationhe brings a syncretic perspective of feudal Japan and modern Japan. The transition, the changes in society japaj affected outward manifestation of bushido ideals, but he alludes to a deeper collective unconscious, the soul of Japan. He wrote this for his father, for a time that had past, and there is an underlining thread nitobr how these tenets when perverted are problematic.
Very quietly, there are hints that as a Christian Nitobe saw the rising imperial cultism and the intolerance that was manifesting as troubling. Read as a time coded document it is very interesting.
It’s value as soup depository of Japanese culture, less so. This book is out of copyright and available to read for free with downloads from Gutenberg Press: The Soul of Japan The irresistible tide of triumphant democracy, which can tolerate no nitkbe or shape of trust—and Bushido was a trust organized by those who monopolized reserve capital of intellect inazzo culture, fixing jxpan grades and value of moral qualities—is alone powerful enough to engulf the remnant of Bushido.
The present societary forces are antagonistic to petty class spirit, and Chivalry is, as Freeman severely criticizes, a class spirit. Modern society, if it pretends to any unity, cannot admit “purely personal obligations devised in the tje of an exclusive class. Jan 19, Steven Walle rated it it was amazing. I recommend this book to all who want to understand the character of the Japanese people. The author was the best known author in the west in his time. He melds the phylosophies of the east with the phylosophies of the west going back to the Romans and the Greeks.
Enjoy and Be Blessed. I wish all philosophy books were more like this! Engaging and beautifully written, BUSHIDO is an insider’s look into the foundational beliefs and customs of one of the most mysterious to Westerners cultures japaj the planet. After reading this, you’ll definitely have a much better understanding and appreciation of many aspects of Japanese culture that initially come across as being either senseless or totally barbaric.
Nitobe does a fantastic job of finding unexpected parallels between both Easte I wish all philosophy books were more like this!
Nitobe does a fantastic job of finding unexpected parallels between both Eastern and Western trains of thought, and he offers many examples as to how they aren’t nearly as dissimilar as one might think.
Nitobe’s knowledge of western philosophy is incredible, and his tone throughout the nirobe book is respectful of Western culture and not nearly as biased in favor of Eastern philosophy as I would have thought.