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Study Meeting in France

Study Meeting in France "Inoue Enryo and his Times"

Inaugural General Assembly and Symposium

The International Association for Inoue Enryo Research (IAIR) organized a workshop titled "Inoue Enryo and his Times" at the Centre Europeen d'Etudes Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA) in Kientzheim near Colmar in France on June 30, 2012. The meeting was held jointly with CEEJA and the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Strasbourg. The International Association for Inoue Enryo Research was scheduled to be formally founded in September 2012. The workshop was held in advance as part of the effort to develop an international network for research about Inoue Enryo. The philosopher and educator of the Meiji period is still almost unknown in other countries. On a hot summer day, scholars from Japan and other countries had lively exchange and interesting discussions.

After the opening address by Takemura Makio, President of Toyo University, followed by the welcome address by Murakami-Giroux, Vice President of CEEJA and Professor at the Japanese Studies Department of the University of Strasbourg, the morning session of the study meeting started, chaired by Kuroda Akinobu, Associate Professor at the Cergy-Pontoise University.

First, Miura Setsuo (Professor of Toyo University) gave a talk about "The Life of Inoue Enryo," which gave a well-rounded introduction to the biography of Inoue Enryo including his education at the University of Tokyo and the establishment of the Philosophy Academy (Tetsugaku-kan). The presentation also contained an outline of his literary activities as well as his projects such as nationwide lecture tours and overseas journeys. Next, Takemura Makio gave a talk about "Inoue Enryo's Philosophy" focusing on Inoue Enryo's conception of philosophy as the theory of science. While these talks examined the life and thought of Inoue Enryo from an internal point of view, the talk about "Inoue Enryo's Comparison between the Philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism and Spinoza" by Rainer Schulzer (Visiting Researcher at Toyo University) examined the range of Inoue Enryo's thought on the basis of his comparison with Western philosophy.

Inaugural General Assembly and Symposium

The major topic for the afternoon session was to locate Inoue Enryo's thought and activities in the history of modern Japanese thought and the context of Japanese modernization.

The talk "Inoue Enryo's Overseas Travels and Japanese Emigration: One Aspect of the Popular Educator" by Ichikawa Yoshinori (Librarian of the Maison du Japon at the Cité Internationale Unversitaire de Paris) focused on Inoue Enryo's trip to South America. Ichikawa first reviewed the Japanese emigration policy during the Meiji period and spoke about the choice of South America as destination for emigration and the state of emigrant communities in overseas. Before this background, Ichikawa examined the significance and problems of Inoue Enryo's travel to Brazil on the basis of his travel diary "Fifty Thousand Miles in the Southern Hemisphere."

The presentation by Eddy Dufourmont (Associate Professor of Bordeaux 3 University) was titled "The Debate Concerning Materialism and Atheism: Nakae Chomin, Inoue Enryo, and Buddhism." Dufourmont pointed out that Inoue Enryo's contemporary Nakae Chomin had a strong interest in Buddhism despite his apparent criticism of it. Nakae Chomin's interest in Buddhism, Prof. Dufourmont noted, sheds new light not only on the controversy between Nakae Chomin and Inoue Enryo about materialism, but on the position of Buddhism in the history of thought during the Meiji period in general.

Inaugural General Assembly and Symposium

The talk by Frédéric Girard (Professor at the École française d'Extrême-Orient) was about the "Situation of Buddhism in the Meiji Period." Girard examined the institutional transition of Buddhism in relation to the governmental policy and examined the activities of monks and Buddhist scholars in Japan and overseas at the time.

The last talk by Kuroda Akinobu titled "Methodology of the History of Ideas: From the History of the Reception of Ideas to the History of the Idea of Reception" started out from the fact that Inoue Enryo was the first person to use the word "shutai" (subject) as a philosophical term in the history of Japanese philosophy. The example was used to point to the necessity to reinterpret the history of ideas from the perspective of the history of reception of ideas. Such approach would be kept open to the other and allowed to located the own standpoint in a genealogy of ideas, Prof. Kuroda suggested.

Many questions and comments were contributed to each talk. Some sessions run significantly overtime due to the lively discussions. By showing the significance of Inoue Enryo studies in Japan and overseas the workshop was a very successful start-up for the official establishment of the International Association for Inoue Enryo Research in September.Side menu here.

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