The 39th GJS SeminarConfucianism and the Kyoto School: An East Asian Interpretation of the Kyoto School’s Political Philosophy
|Date and time:
|June 19, 2017 (Mon.), 5:00-6:00PM
|First Meeting Room (3F), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
|Thomas Rhydwen (Translator, Keio University)
Abstract: My doctoral research examines the philosophy of Kōsaka Masaaki from the East Asian perspective of Confucianism, which I believe is the most appropriate moral paradigm for comprehending his political speculations. Although largely neglected in post-war scholarship, Kōsaka was a prominent member of the Kyoto School during the 1930s and 40s. This was a group of Japanese thinkers strongly associated with the philosophy of Nishida Kitarō. Kōsaka is now best known for his participation in the three Chūō Kōron symposia held in 1941 and 1942. These meetings have been routinely denounced by many liberal commentators due to the participants’ support for the Pacific War and the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere. David Williams (2014), however, believes that it is not liberalism but Confucianism that reveals the ‘authentic structure of Kyoto School political thought’.
Co-organizer: Institute for Advanced Studeis on Asia (IASA)