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1st Unit : 7th Study Group Session

"The Current State of Research on Modern Japanese Philosophy in China"

第1ユニット第7回研究会報告   On December 13, 2012, the seventh research meeting of the 1st Unit, entitled "The Current State of Research on Modern Japanese Philosophy in China" was held at Hakusan Campus, Toyo University, with Prof. Wu Guanghui (The College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Xiamen University) as the invited speaker.

   Prof. Wu first described the features of the three generations of researchers of modern Japanese philosophy in China, detailing their methodology and research questions. Chinese scholars in the fi rst generation included Zhu Qianzhi and Liu Jichen. These scholars criticized Japanese philosophy and thought from a Marxist perspective, and introduced the work of Japanese Marxist scholars. In addition, they collected primary material and engaged in translation to help the future generation's research.

   Second generation scholars included Wang Shouhua, Bian Chongdao, Fang Changjie, Wang Jiahua, Li Suping, Jin Xide, Liu Jincai, Chen Huabei, Cui Shiguang, Han Lihong, and Wang Zhongtian. They researched threads in the history of Japanese thought and its world-historical positioning, while collecting and translating primary material. Their approaches to the history of Japanese thought became apparent in their efforts.

   The third generation includes Guo Lianyou, Wang Qing, Liu Yuebing, Gong Ying, and Han Dongyu. This generation experienced living in Japan as exchange students and has worked to introduce the latest in Japanese research while exploring their own methods. Their studies can be characterized as a result by their "diversity, multi-dimentionality and complexity".

   Two points shared by the three generations were pointed out. First, they all explored the possibilities and future of traditional East Asian thought while learning from the philosophy of Japan, which had succeeded in modernization. Second, they researched Japan as a cultural Other while engaged with empirical research.

第1ユニット第7回研究会報告   After having laid out these various characteristics, Professor Wu then off ered specifi c examples of recent research into modern Japanese philosophy, highlighting its features and methodological signifi cance. Currently, scholars have been going beyond tracing out the geneaology of Japanese thought to conduct research that clarifies where modern Japanese thought fits within a broader framework that also includes China and the West, China, and to do work that puts greater emphasis on the interactions between China and Japan. Prof. Wu discussed the implications of these recent works and identifi ed some problems.

   After the presentation, there was a very lively discussion. The meeting was attended by more than 20 people and was a great success.