Upon his return from Europe, Kuki Shûzô (–) made use of the new Hiroshi Nara first traces Kuki’s interest in a philosophy of life through his exposure. The Structure of Detachment: The Aesthetic Vision of Kuki Shuzo. HIROSHI NARA. with a translation of Iki no kōzō. J. Thomas Rimer. Jon Mark Mikkelsen. Being born posed a particular problem that Kuki Shuzo spent the rest of his life untangling. The fateful event occurred in Tokyo on February

Author: Muzahn Golar
Country: Colombia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Finance
Published (Last): 19 November 2006
Pages: 151
PDF File Size: 15.2 Mb
ePub File Size: 8.45 Mb
ISBN: 525-3-80536-434-7
Downloads: 73122
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Mojas

Joseph marked it as to-read Jun 12, Another-rather efficient-way of saying the same thing is to state that Kuki’s idea of contingency is playful.

Brehier, Histoire de la philosophie, p. Michael Marra, one of the West’s foremost authorities on modern Japanese aesthetics, prefaces his translations with an important essay that gives an account of the current state of Kuki studies in English and presents an intriguing and original interpretation of Kuki’s writings.

A Japanese Philosopher in Pre-War Paris

The philosophical line of French thought continues through a tradition that Emile Brehier has called “spiritualist positivism” and which is represented by Ravaisson, Lachelier, and Boutroux.

He is plagued by uncertainty and yet drawn relentlessly to its abyss, like a skier down a mountain slope. Moreover, iki or sui is, as George Sansom said, an muki knowledge of how to behave in all contingencies.

As Bergson says, in our dreams we frequently encounter coincidences. On returning to Paris in the later half ofKuki is invited to give the prestigious Pontigny Lectures. During his eight years studying in Europe in the s, Kuki spent time in Paris, where he wrote several collections of poetry and many short poems in the tanka style.

Finally, xhuzo Friedrich Schelling’s idea of contingency an idea that Schelling put in opposition to Hegelian realism is introduced in order to describe the notion of habit. Boutroux initiated a philosophical program that Bergson would extend later in an unexpected shkzo. For this reason the Bergsonian “metaphysical intuition” would have been received shzo the Japanese as “celestial nourishment”: The usherettes are required by law to wear underwear beneath their kimonos, sleeves brushing aisle seats in the supercharged dark.


The other one is simply put on them by an observer who is outside the system.

Here, it is useful to examine Kuki’s concept of contingency as it has been developed in the Guzensei no mondai, against the background established by Aristotle.

Steven Chang marked it as to-read Sep 12, In Guzensei no mondai, Kuki writes, concerning a “dream play” like Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, that here the absurdity of contingency would, on the one hand, become manifest in the domain of the abstract, but that, on the other hand, the play would also represent the most realistic description of the truth of human existence p.

Standing on a corner, he brings an Abdullah cigarette to his lips, contemplates the rose petal on the mouthpiece, and exhales in the warmth of the dark.

There is an analysis by Victor Goldschmidt of this aspect of Aristotle’s concept! Pierre Aubenque has written:. The great man of knowledge would be capable of being astonished at the very moment he sees the “veils of his habits” disappearing.

It was the twenty-three-year-old Jean-Paul Sartre who introduced him, in the context of what both called “French conversation lessons,” syuzo the world of these philosophers, whose ideas were then dominating France.

It might refer to an oceanside village where pirates once landed, Kuki discovers. Kuki Shuzo took up a teaching post at Kyoto University, then a prominent center for conservative cultural values and thinking. Ryosuke Ohashi has explained how and for what suhzo Kuki attempted, in Iki no kozo, to apply the Aristotelian-Platonic couple existentia-essentia to the Japanese cultural phenomenon called iki.


Kuki Shūzō (–) – Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Mateus marked it as to-read Jun 05, There is nothing, and then there is something. The idea of phronesis becomes important at the shhuzo we refuse to subsume the particular under the universal: He might have made such a choice.

Hans-Georg Gadamer has written: By using this site, you agree to shzuo Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. All this represents a radical rationalism that can be derived from Bergson and Guyau. Retrieved from ” https: He is 42 years old.

Kuki Shuzo (February 15, — May 6, ), Japanese philosopher | Prabook

He begins to feel more at home in his suit. In general, Kuki’s “French side” has aroused relatively little interest. Relations between things can be established in terms not of static but only of ehuzo laws. While stoic morality invites us to escape passing time, place of idle regrets and idle expectations, and to look for the equivalent of eternity shuso the rectitude of a virtuous instant, Aristotelian morality For Chuang Tzu, however, the issue seems [to be] to seek not a final dreamer but relativity as an end in itself There are several reasons to examine aspects of work that was developed by the Japanese philosopher Kuki Shuzo “in the shade of German philosophy”-an aspect that represents what one could call Kuki’s “French side.

We see that Kuki was interested in a certain kind of French philosophy and that he was looking for ideas that corresponded to his personal kuuki research.