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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They pursue a kind of harmony, but Nishida is adopted by the Japanese government to provide justification for its increasing nationalism: Shuzl that “la mort de nos desirs serait la mort de nos facultes,”18 he would not side with although he would remain attracted to the Stoics.

The idea of contingency in aesthetics as a quantity that is opposed to the formal method of science, although it is rather old-as we have seen-can be traced out very well within ku,i territory of a certain modern French tradition. He tries to provide a diagrammatic framework for ambiguity itself. Rather than seeking spaces of sympathetic ambivalence—the committed cosmopolitanism of Kuki’s life and the sensual uncertainties of iki that he makes clear—difference seems to be the only thing that matters.

Refresh and try again. As a matter of fact, already in Plato, phronesis is transmitted from father to son, but it would be too simple to say that a certain idea of “race” has been formulated here as an explanation for the entire phenomenon of phronesis.

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What was needed was phronesis and not a flight into authoritative traditions or racial excellence cf. The Buddhist concept of karma, as Masao Abe has explained, is different from the Hindu concept because it refuses the determinism that is characteristic of the Hindu religion. Other Photos Add photo.


Included as well are translations of two of Kuki’s major critical essays on poetry, The Genealogy of Feelings: Kuki wants to extend the philosophical strategy of an ontology until it includes the idea of probability in its definition of Being, in order to bring forth a new concept of aesthetics-and this attempt is certainly spectacular.

According to Kuki it is possible to establish a “structure of the dream” similar to Freud’s idea of “Kittgedanken”48 retrospectively; this means establishing a plan through which single events will be linked to each other by following a logical order prescribed by an idea of time that is divided into past, present, and future. There is almost no explanation for the contingent fantasies that deploy themselves in the dream. Kuki Shuzo Edit Profile philosopher Kuki Shuzo was a prominent Japanese academic, philosopher and university professor.

Kimmy Lai kukii it as to-read Jul 23, So does Kuki the foreign philosophe. One has thus to distinguish two kinds of simultaneity, two kinds of succession. One understands why the dream is, as an aesthetic phenomenon and as an element of a philosophy of knowledge, of so much interest for this philosophy: Rob marked it as to-read Nov 28, During his eight years shyzo 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.

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The preceding analysis should have made clear not only the way kukk which the notion of the dream is supposed to produce such a relativization of the objective and the subjective, but also how much this relativization is dependent on the idea of play. The body preserves habits, and the past is not just remembered through images but is played. It is Aristotle who shows kukl that any practical philosophy that tries to crystallize moral knowledge is always bound to consider two kinds of knowledge at the same time.


In Aristotle the discourse about being becomes problematic to the extent that being itself can also be an expression of the “contingency of being.

On April 29, he writes a poem to a friend thanking him for a sickbed gift of shuzi azaleas. The Kyoto School seeks to reconcile eastern and western ideas, particularly melding Nietzschean nihilism with Zen-Buddhist nothingness.

Kuki, Iki no kozo, p. The “fullness of time” Abe, Zen and Western Thought, p.

Contingency and the “time of the dream”: Further, by declaring that he p! Thereafter, NAGAI considered himself not a literati, but rather a person connected to the tradition of gesakusha lit.

Kuki’s intellectual “adventures” in France and Germany should be seen as complementary, especially in regard to the points that have just been mentioned. Included in this volume are these Paris poems as well as other verses that Kuki appended to a long essay on poetry, Rhymes in Japanese Poetry, written in Iki is positional, dependent on dynamic relationships and the merger of opposites: