The Founding Spirit of Toyo University//建学の理念

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Founding Spirit


◆◆The Founding Spirit of Toyo University◆◆

The Basis of All Learning Lies in Philosophy, Integrating Knowledge and Virtue, and Independence and Self-Initiative

◆◆Educational Principles of Toyo University ◆◆

[To have one's own philosophy]

We foster individuals who study and appreciate diverse values, and who have their own philosophy (outlook on life and the world).

[To think deeply in search of true essence]

We foster individuals who think deeply in a logical and systematic manner, in search of the true essence of things, without being led by preconceptions and prejudices.

[To tackle social issues proactively]

We foster individuals who will tackle social issues voluntarily and proactively, and who can establish good human relations with others.

◆◆ Heart of Toyo University ◆◆

[Improving oneself for the benefit of others]

The reason for improving oneself is to be able to work for others. It is the heart of Toyo University to be aware of this, and to study accordingly with diligence.

[Striving in action]

It is the heart of Toyo University to never stop moving forward in activities in the real social world.

◆◆ Founder Enryo Inoue and Toyo University ◆◆

 Toyo University traces its history back to a private institute of philosophy, the “Philosophy Academy,” which was established by the philosopher Enryo Inoue in 1887. Enryo was born as the eldest son of a Buddhist priest in Nishigumi Uramura in the Nagaoka domain in Echigo Province (present-day Ura, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture) in 1858 in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate. In 1881, he entered the Department of Philosophy in the School of Letters at the recently established University of Tokyo. He was the only first-year student in the Department. He became convinced through his studies that “all knowledge is grounded in philosophy, regardless of whether it originated in the East or the West.” In those days, Western-culture supremacy was dominant in Japan, and Enryo seemed to be alarmed at how the Japanese public was being swayed by Western values. Philosophy here means a “field of learning that explores and defines the principles of all things,” and it is not an ideological, deductive philosophy, but philosophy based on facts and positive evidence. Before founding the Academy, Enryo stated, “Philosophy is a study that seeks to define the principles of all things. And at the bottom of everything?from politics and law to science and art?there must be philosophy.” This belief made him found a private school specializing in philosophy called the Philosophy Academy in 1887. This is the predecessor of the present Toyo University.
 The aim of Enryo’s philosophy education was not to train professional philosophers. Rather, it was to equip students with the “art” of honing their thoughts and mind, and the ability to apply knowledge and insights gained to new situations. Over 125 years, from the Meiji period, when the term tetsugaku (philosophy) was first used in Japan, to the present day, when the absence of philosophy is being called into question, Toyo University, despite going through a tumultuous history, has unfalteringly continued to preserve the educational principles of founder Enryo Inoue. Shortly after founding the Philosophy Academy, with the aim of promoting “social education” and creating an “open university,” Enryo launched activities for people with no surplus money and time. As part of such activities, in the year following the establishment of the Academy, Enryo started to publish the “Philosophy Academy Lectures Collection” to provide learning opportunities for people who could not commute to school. At that time, this was a truly revolutionary idea. This spirit has been inherited by the present Correspondence Courses of Toyo University.
 In his thirties, Enryo started going on speaking tours throughout Japan, which he continued throughout his life. For 13 years from 1906 to 1918, a period for which statistics are available, he gave 5,291 lectures in 2,198 towns or villages in 60 cities around the country. These figures demonstrate Enryo’s strong passion to try to open the door of new education in Japan in the Meiji period. Inheriting Enryo’s spirit, Toyo University seeks to be an open university and provides opportunities for lifelong learning not only for people in local communities but also for people across the country, through public lectures and lecturer dispatching services.

















◆◆創立者 井上円了と東洋大学◆◆

 さらに、円了は 30 代から生涯続けることになる全国巡講を始めています。統計の残っている明治39年から大正7年までの13年間で、全国60市、2198町村において5291回の講演を行い、社会教育に力を入れました。明治の日本に新しい教育の扉を開こうとした円了の情熱がうかがえます。この心を引き継いで現在の東洋大学では「開かれた大学」を目指し、講師派遣事業や公開講座など、地域のみならず全国の人々に生涯学習の場を提供しています。