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Meeting of Study Group Series “Interrogating the Doxa in the History of Philosophy: A Reinvestigation of ‘Rationalism and Empiricism’”, 2nd Unit

Meeting of Study Group Series “Interrogating the Doxa in the History of Philosophy: A Reinvestigation of ‘Rationalism and Empiricism’”, 2nd Unit

 

 

The 2nd Unit held a seminar series on methodology research entitled “Interrogating the Doxa in the History of Philosophy: A Reinvestigation of ‘Rationalism and Empiricism.’” The philosophy from the 17th through mid-18th century is generally perceived in terms of the oppositional relationship of “rationalism vs. empiricism,” but understanding it merely as an “oppositional relationship” causes mutual exclusivity. It seems that such situation has been made by the specialization of research, which prevents researchers from studying other philosophies in depth. Therefore, there is a need to reexamine the very framework of “rationalism vs. empiricism.” Accordingly, several researchers of “rationalism” and researchers of “empiricism”, so-called, participated in this seminar series, and while engaging with the contents of each other’s presentations, mutually scrutinized their understandings of “rationalism vs. empiricism.” The list of presentations is as follows.

1st: FUJISAKA Tasuku (Graduate student at Toyo University) “An Essay on the Conflict between Rationalism and Empiricism in the Development of Jamesian Thought” (at Meeting room of School of Literature of Building 6, Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, May 30, 2015)

2nd: KASAMATSU Kazuya (Graduate student at the University of Tokyo) “Between Experience and Reason: ‘Goal’ and ‘Desire’ in Spinoza's Philosophy” (at Meeting room of School of Literature of Building 6, Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, June 20, 2015)

3rd: TORANO Ryo (IRCP, PRA) “Truth and History: On ‘the True Method of Hermeneutics’ in Chapter 7 of Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise” (at Meeting room of School of Literature of Building 6, Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, July 20, 2015)

4th: WATANABE Hiroyuki (Part-time Lecturer at Toyo University,IRCP Visiting Researcher) “‘Rationalism’ and ‘Experience’ in Spinoza”, TAKENAKA Kurumi (Part-time Lecturer at Toyo University) “‘Where do we observe it as indicating of "No Existence": The Case of Hume” (at Meeting room 3 of Building 6, Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, October 26, 2015)

5th: OHNO Takeshi (IRCP) “Sensation and Imagination: Idealism in Port-Royal Logic,” Nomura Tomokiyo (the University of Tokyo) “Continental Rationalism and British Empiricism: Irish Philosophy as Anomaly”(at Meeting room of School of Literature of Building 6, Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, December 12, 2015)

6th: Workshop “Our Next Steps (Our Next Step)” FUJISAKA Tasuku, KASAMATSU Kazuya, TORANO Ryo, TAKENAKA Kurumi, WATANABE Hiroyuki, OHNO Takeshi, NOMURA Tomokiyo

The meetings were very enriching, with varied discussions at each presentation. Moreover, the conference was significant in how new possibilities for philosophical research were explored at every seminar.