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Symposium co-hosted with the Japan Association for Comparative Philosophy “The Reception and Development of Western Philosophy in Modern East Asia”, 1st Unit

Symposium co-hosted with the Japan Association for Comparative Philosophy “The Reception and Development of Western Philosophy in Modern East Asia”, 1st Unit

 

On June 13, 2015, Toyo University International Research Center for Philosophy in conjunction with the Japan Association for Comparative Philosophy co-hosted a symposium on “The Reception and Development of Western Philosophy in Modern East Asia” in Toyo University Hakusan Campus (Memorial Hall 125, 7th floor, Building 8). IRCP researcher TAKEMURA Makio served as host, with Korean interpretation provided by visiting researcher SATŌ Atsushi (Senshu University).

Professor NAKAJIMA Takahiro (The University of Tokyo) delivered the keynote address, titled “Reception and Development of Western Philosophy in Modern Eastern Asia”. In it, he drew on the reception of Christianity in China, Japan, and Korea in an effort to elucidate the trans-East Asian experience.

His presentation was followed by a panel discussion. The first of the formal presentations was delivered by Professor INOUE Katsuhito (Kansai University), titled “Reception and Development of Western Philosophy in Modern Japan” In it, he touched on such figures as Inoue Tetsujirō, Inoue Enryō, Kiyozawa Manshi, Miyake Setsurei, and Ōnishi Hajime to illuminate the situation surrounding the reception of Western philosophy and the formation of its Japanese counterpart in the Meiji period. Next, Professor WANG Qing (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) presented on “Reception and Development of Western Philosophy in Modern China.” Wang examined the situation in China, focusing on such issues as the reception of Enlightenment thought, the reception of Western philosophy via Japan, and the Sinicization of Marxist thought. Finally, Professor KIM Jong Wook (Dongguk University) presented a paper titled, “Reception and Development of Western Philosophy in Modern Korea.” Kim summarized the history of philosophy in Korea from the latter half of the 19th century to the present, making explicit the points of contention while offering suggestions for new outlooks.

The symposium was a major success for using the issue of how Western philosophy was received to clarify the commonalities and individual characteristics of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean thought while also laying out the possibilities for East Asian thought more broadly.

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