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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

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He might have made such a choice. Aristotle’s classical postulation that the “necessary, in its first and fundamental sense, is the simple, since the simple cannot be in different modes” is used for an analysis of this very problem Metaphysics D.

InKuki travels through occupied Manchuria as part of his duties as a public scholar.

For Kuki and this particular French philosophical branch, contingency is designed kukj an “integrable” component that is as interesting for science as it is for philosophy.

Open Preview See a Problem? The lines reflect the peaceful nothingness from which everything emerges and to which it returns. The primordial dream, which is a negation of the daydream or a sort of “banal” form of dreaming, gives a privileged position to contingency; being linked to a certain idea of time, this negation is carried out by affirming that the dream contains a certain “time of the dream.

Kuki Shuzo: A Philosopher’s Poetry and Poetics by Kuki Shūzō

Believing that “la mort de nos desirs serait la mort de nos facultes,”18 he would not side with ,uki he would remain attracted to the Stoics. It is obvious that in Kuki a certain sophistication flows out of the fact that any ontology of contingency must, strictly speaking, negate itself as an ontology as soon as it accepts the contingent character of being. A graduate in philosophy of Tokyo Imperial UniversityKuki spent eight years in Europe to polish his knowledge of languages and deepen his already significant studies of contemporary Western thought.

During his eight years studying in Europe in the s, Kuki spent time in Paris, where he shjzo several collections of poetry and many short Kuki Shuzoone of Japan’s most original thinkers of the twentieth century, is best known for his interpretations of Western Continental philosophy. kuko


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A kind of Bergsonian intuition, with which Kuki was so fascinated, is expressed here by Bergson’s teacher Ravaisson. Kiki, even if in “postmodernity” the hasard or contingency has “plunged us juki an abnormal incertitude,” as J. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Baudrillard has said, we tend to respond to this incertitude, in a “Western” way, with an “excess of causality and finality. For Chuang Tzu, however, the issue seems [to be] to seek not a final dreamer but relativity as an end in itself In the largest sense, Kuki’s analysis shuso Aristotle’s being shows a parallel with Heidegger’s treatment of the subject in the latter’s lecture on Aristotle’s Metaphysics which Heidegger gave intwo years after Kuki’s departure from Europe.

However, further on, his elaborations point toward ways to encounter contingency not as a scientific but as a metaphysical problem: What was needed was phronesis and not a flight into authoritative traditions or racial excellence cf. Although marginal for French philosophical discussions, the French writer Emile Chartier Alain iuki entered Kuki’s intellectual world in a rather consistent way, a fact that shows that Kuki was not choosing his authors at random-that is, because they were “popular” or only because they were presented to him by Sartre.

The ephemerality of those few years in Paris, its easy attainment of ikimakes it beautiful, and perhaps all the more beautiful in mind than reality—if he had stayed there, say, and left his Japaneseness behind. Light has mentioned that Kuki’s Propos sur le temps was influenced by the shzo of Alain’s Propos.

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Aristotle seems seriously to have believed, as D. While stoic suhzo invites us to escape passing time, place of idle regrets and idle expectations, and to look for the equivalent of eternity in the rectitude of a virtuous instant, Aristotelian morality Kuki embarrasses himself with his sincerity, a teenager kukii in his diary addressing his absent crushes: The dream represents a phenomenon that is linked to knowledge, a knowledge that is thought within a certain “hierarchy of dreams.


Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. At times, he worked to aestheticize politics.

Kuki Shūzō (1888–1941)

A philosophy of contingency does not simply see “what there is” but forces itself to be surprised at what it can trace back to nothing other than contingency.

He is homesick for his homesickness, the feeling of an expat suddenly unsure of where he belongs. He criticizes the metaphysicians because they would have their abstract principles exist outside the concrete context of habits. Guyau defines shhuzo dream as a phenomenon that is concerned with all the qualities that we have analyzed in regard to the transformation of the concept of time:.

There is thus coincidence in our life, there is this obscure kyki which the first book of the Physics explains as much as science is able to explain it, all by forcing itself to conclude that coincidence is caused only “accidentally.

Also, for Bergson the idea of a free, individual, contingent dynamism that is opposed to the categories of a mathematical philosophy for which everything is determined by absolute necessity occupies a central position, and this dynamism also manifests several points of correspondence with Kuki’s philosophy.

Aristotle thinks that it is not extra-normal that we know already in advance what we want to know: Japanese are somehow supposed to feel an “intellectual sympathy” for French rationalism simply through the fact of being Japanese. School period Add photo. Finally, Bergson’s own philosophy is also very much centered on ideas like the “memoire-habitude”-a kind of “bodily memory,” a memory that appears as a “closed system” and that attributes an automatic character to all human movements24 and manifests itself in this way, touching points with Kuki’s thoughts on contingency as well as on iki.

Dagen explains that time is not a static phenomenon but should be conceived as a “lived time” or as a “being time.