Category Archives: Japan

New Book: Governing the Realm and Bringing Peace to All below Heaven

AUTHOR: Kumazawa Banzan

EDITOR AND TRANSLATOR: John A. Tucker, East Carolina University

DATE PUBLISHED: January 2021

Kumazawa Banzan’s (1619-1691) Responding to the Great Learning (Daigaku wakumon) stands as the first major writing on political economy in early modern Japanese history. John A. Tucker’s translation is the first English rendition of this controversial text to be published in eighty years. The introduction offers an accessible and incisive commentary, including detailed analyses of Banzan’s text within the context of his life, as well as broader historical and intellectual developments in East Asian Confucian thought. Emphasizing parallels between Banzan’s life events, such as his relief efforts in the Okayama domain following devastating flooding, and his later writings advocating compassionate government, environmental initiatives, and projects for growing wealth, Tucker sheds light on Banzan’s main objective of ‘governing the realm and bringing peace and prosperity to all below heaven’. In Responding to the Great Learning, Banzan was doing more than writing a philosophical commentary, he was advising the Tokugawa shogunate to undertake a major reorganization of the polity – or face the consequences.

For more information or to order the book, see the publisher’s website.

 

First ISEAP International Conference

The International Society of East Asian Philosophy (ISEAP) is going to have its first international conference as follows:

Date: December 14-15, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)

Venue: Surugadai Campus, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan (http://www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/english/about/campus/index.html)

Theme: East Asian Philosophy: Past, Present and Future

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CFP: IAJP Annual Conference: Kyoto School, Tokyo School, and Beyond

International Association for Japanese Philosophy 2019 International Conference: “Kyoto School, Tokyo School, and Beyond”

Venue: East-West Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa   

Organizer: International Association for Japanese Philosophy (IAJP)

Co-organizer: Department of Philosophy, University of Hawai‘i

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CFP: 5E Cognition: Virtual Embodiment and Artificial Intelligence

5E Cognition: Virtual Embodiment and Artificial Intelligence

December 6-7 2018

University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan

Email: 5eveai.utuc@gmail.com

The University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP) in collaboration with University of Cincinnati is hosting a workshop exploring topics related to Enactive and Ecological accounts of Embodied Cognition, Comparative Chinese and Japanese Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence. The workshop will be held at the University of Tokyo campus on December 6th and 7th 2018.

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New Journal and Article on Birth of “Philosophy” in Japan

Tetsugaku: International Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan is an interesting-looking new journal, and its first issue contains an article called The Birth of Philosophy as 哲學 (Tetsugaku) in Japan.” The article scrutinizes the history of the introduction of the subject from Holland to Japan, the coinage and application of the term tetsugaku (zhexue in Chinese), and its adoption in China during the late-nineteenth century. The article explains a lot about subtle changes in its coverage and nuance during the process. The journal and article are available from the following link:

http://philosophy-japan.org/en/international_journal/volume-1-2017-philosophy-and-the-university/

This open-access journal also welcomes submissions of papers written in English, French or German. Please refer to the document at the bottom of the page.

CFP: International Association of Japanese Philosophy

International Association of Japanese Philosophy

2017 International Conference

Date: 28-29 July 2017 (Friday to Saturday)

Venue: National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

Organizer: International Association of Japanese Philosophy (IAJP)

Co-organizer: Research Center for East Asian Culture and Sinology, National Taiwan Normal University

Theme

Globalizing Japanese Philosophy: From East Asia to the World

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