Lecture: Ethical Thoughts in Modern Japan influenced by the West In the cases of Tetsurō Watsuji and Keiichirō Hirano
From 2-8 May 2016 Prof. Yukio Irie, Graduate School of Letters , Osaka University will stay at the University of Groningen as visiting scholar of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts Euroculture.
On 3 May he will deliver a public lecture, “Ethical Thoughts in Modern Japan influenced by the West In the cases of Tetsurō Watsuji and Keiichirō Hirano”, followed by Q&A.
The most influential philosopher of moral in Japan after Meiji Restoration, Tetsurō Watuji, criticized the individualistic understanding of a human being and ethics. His criticism was influenced by Hegel and Marx and at the same time based on Confucianism and Buddhism. Prof. Yukio Irie will compare Watsuji’s understanding of a human being with Keiichirō Hirano’s ‘dividualism’. Hirano is a well-known present novelist and proposes his original understanding of a human being, i.e., ‘idividualism’.
Time: 11.00 - 13.00
Place: Harmony Building, room: 1312.0012
All are invited!