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1st Unit : 1st Study Group Session

1st Unit : 1st Study Group Session

"Foreign Philosophy Professors at the University of Tokyo in the Meiji period"

The 1st Study Meeting, the 1st Unit

Murayama Yasushi, associate professor of Otani University, gave a talk titled "Foreign Philosophy Professors at the University of Tokyo in the Meiji period", on June 27, at Room 3206, Hakusan Campus, Toyo University.

In 1878, the University of Tokyo invited Ernest Francisco Fenollosa as a foreign philosophy professor. Although Fenollosa is known for his contribution in appreciating Japanese fine arts, he was in charge of teaching philosophy, economics, etc. at the University of Tokyo. Although it was reported through recollection and hearsay by those who took his courses that he influenced many thinkers, sufficient study has not been directed to (1) when Fenollosa taught his courses, (2) what courses he taught, and (3) what content those courses had -there are some reports about (1) and (2), but there are scarcely any reports about (3). In addition, little is known about what foreign philosophy professors who taught at the University of Tokyo before and after Fenollosa, who taught from 1878 through 1886, did as philosophy instructors ? except Raphael Von Koeber, who taught from 1893 to 1914 and was relatively famous - including Edward W. Syle, who taught before Fenollosa from 1874 to 1879, Charles James Cooper who taught after Fenollosa from 1879 to 1881, George William Knox, who taught in 1886, and Ludwig Busse, who taught from 1887 to 1892.

The 1st Study Meeting, the 1st Unit

For each of the course given by foreign philosophy professors from Syle, who taught philosophy-related courses at the Law Department in 1874 to Busse, who taught philosophy (including ancient philosophy), logic, psychology, aesthetics, ethics, etc. at the School of Letters (Faculty of Letters), this lecture confirmed (a) its title, (b) the faculty (department) offering it, (c) its contents, and (d) the names of students who have so far been confirmed to have (possibly) left notes of a course taught by a foreign philosophy professor by referring to the unpublished notes of Kiyozawa Manshi and materials which have not so far been scrutinized.