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Vol.13 2014.01.22 NAKAJIMA, Takahiro
Water and Philosophy
In this lecture, we will first explore the significance of the Ionian School of Natural Philosophy, a school distinct from the Athenian one, by looking at how water in ancient Greek philosophy was represented as an arche (origin, beginning). We will next take up Laozi as an example of how water was represented in Chinese philosophy, and think about the meanings of the comparisons that have been made between Laozi and Greek philosophy by modern Chinese philosophers. We will then take up modern European philosophy that interpreted Laozi's texts and argue that water is a metaphor for resistance.
- NAKAJIMA, Takahiro
- Associate Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo After graduating from the Faculty of Law, the University of Tokyo, Professor Nakajima studied Chinese philosophy at UT's Graduate School of Humanities. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. After serving as Assistant at UT's Faculty of Letters, Assistant Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Assistant Professor/Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Culture and Representation Course), he has been in the current position since October, 2012. He has written books including: The Chinese Turn in Philosophy (UTCP), The Chinese Philosophy of Echoes: Language and Politics (The University of Tokyo Press), Humanities: Philosophy (Iwanami Shoten Publishers), Laozi: Be a Chicken and Tell the Hour (Iwanami Shoten Publishers), Deconstruction and Reconstruction: Possibilities of Chinese Philosophy (UCTP), The Praxis of Coexistence: State and Religion (The University of Tokyo Press), Practicing Philosophy between China and Japan (UCTP) Philosophy of the Evil: Imaginations of Chinese Philosophy (Chikuma Shobo Publishing).
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