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2nd Unit : 5th Study Group Session

2nd Unit : 5th Study Group Session

Reading Genese by Michel Serres

The 5th study group session of the 2nd Unit was held jointly with the 1st Unit on 16 February in Meeting room 2 of the Hakusan Campus, Toyo University. The presenter from the 2nd Unit was Kuroda Akinobu (visiting researcher of IRCP and associate professor of the University of Cergy-Pontoise), who presented a paper on "The Methodology of Nishida's Philosophy."

The 5th Study Meeting, the 2nd Unit

Nishida sought to derive the method of philosophy from the definition of "true reality." True reality cannot be grasped through the binary opposition of the "knower" and the "known," nor can it be known through objectification. In this sense it must be realized directly, but on no account does it signify an experience of mystical union or an all-retrieving ego. By negating and objectifying the self, it further negates the objectified self, thereby creatively renewing the self. From this true reality, a self-awareness of the creative self as a form of self-awareness whereby the world knows itself becomes the method of philosophy. Since this is also a self-awareness constantly mediated by self-negation, the method of philosophy may also be thought of as negatory self-awareness. In addition, as a form of self-awareness in which true reality knows itself, it may be characterized as the world's relationship with itself.

The 5th Study Meeting, the 2nd Unit

Meanwhile, "active intuition" as the method of science may be considered in terms of the relationship between the world and the self. The self in this case is a poietic self, and it is able to function as a poietic self because a self-awareness of the creative self lies at its base. Here the difference between the method of science and the method of philosophy becomes apparent. The method of science achieves a self-awareness of the poietic self in the relationship between the self and the world. This means, moreover, that at the base of this poietic self there lies, as the method of philosophy, a self-awareness of the creative self as the self-awareness of the world itself.

Kuroda's presentation was followed by lively discussion about the meaning of the word "negation" and Nishida's theory of "place", etc. A large number of people attended the meeting, and it was a great success.