March 21 – 24, 2019
King’s University College, Darryl J. King Student Life Centre
The Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy arose out of a critical confrontation with the European philosophical tradition at the beginning of the 20th century. This encounter took place at a historically critical period: in both Japan and Europe a world was coming to an end and thinkers in both traditions were searching for new modes of thinking. Japanese thinkers for their part turned to a critical rethinking of modern philosophy and with it the modern world. They sought not to Westernize Japan but to imagine a new modern Japan and provide this new world with its intellectual foundations. Their appropriation of modern thought, however, involved a radical transformation and going beyond many of its inherent problems. At the same time, Western philosophy and with it the the modern world entered into a crisis from which it has arguably not yet recovered. As a result, we find ourselves at the beginning of the 21st century in an even more precarious situation than we did at the beginning of the last century. This conference inquires into the importance of the Kyoto School for our world today. This conference will focus on the possible avenues of thought offered by the thinkers who belong to the Japanese tradition of the Kyoto School widely understood.
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