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Vol.4 2017.10.18 Morimoto Tousuke

“People will not be at home”(2)


The literary man Saisei Murou sang about home as follows: “Furusato wa tōki ni arite omou mono (Home is where I think of when I am far away) whereas the novelist Ango Sakaguchi thought that “furusato (home)” was an experience of “ankoku no kodoku (being alone in the darkness)”and “kōya o mayou (wandering in a wilderness). Our home is certainly the place where we were born and grew up, but it tends to be viewed through the distorted awareness of not being there any more. In this lecture, I am going to start with Saisei and Ango’s words on home. Then, we will catch a glimpse of the state of “kokyō sōshitsu (loss of home)” that marked the modern era through the discussion between the philosopher Martin Heidegger and the art historian Meyer Schapiro concerning the painter Vincent van Gogh. Finally, we will go back into history and will consider a paragraph in the Bible, “Watakushitachi no kokyō wa tengoku ni arimasu (Our home exists in Heaven)” for the purpose of finding the origin of “merankorikku na jikan (melancholic time) (as discussed by Pierre Legendre) in the Christian world. As I am fearful about giving you a rambling lecture, I will keep referring back to the uniting concept of “bukiminamono (unheimliche, uncanny)” advocated by Sigmund Freud.


Morimoto Tousuke
Yosuke Morimoto was born in 1976. After studying at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (finishing the course early having completed the coursework first), he obtained a PhD in Philosophy from Université Paris Ouest. His specialty is the History of European Ideas and he is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Culture and Representation Course. His works include: “Katasutorofu kara no tetsugaku (Philosophy of How People Face Catastrophe)” (Ibunsha. 2015)


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