Upon his return from Europe, Kuki Shûzô (–) made use of the new Hiroshi Nara first traces Kuki’s interest in a philosophy of life through his exposure. The Structure of Detachment: The Aesthetic Vision of Kuki Shuzo. HIROSHI NARA. with a translation of Iki no kōzō. J. Thomas Rimer. Jon Mark Mikkelsen. Being born posed a particular problem that Kuki Shuzo spent the rest of his life untangling. The fateful event occurred in Tokyo on February

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Robert marked it as to-read Jan kjki, Even Nishida Kitaro’s philosophy itself, like Kuki’s, could be understood as a “synthesis of transcendental philosophy and Bergsonism.

Kuki Shuzo: A Philosopher’s Poetry and Poetics

Kuki Shuzo and French prewar Philosophy. Nishida eventually argues that the particular qualities of Japanese Zen, even its peacefulness, may have to be defended ,uki military force. In this work he undertakes to make a phenomenological analysis of iki, a variety dhuzo chic culture current among the fashionable set in Edo in the Tokugawa period, and asserted that it constituted one of the essential values of Japanese culture. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The semesters are full of lectures on contemporary French philosophy, on literature, on contingency. For Dogen, as a representative of Zen Buddhism, any concept of time should try, in a direct way, to grasp the existential condition of the world and of human beings and not attempt to “put it in order” according to abstract criteria.

First marked it as to-read Dec 31, However, this identification should not consist of a generalization of the I and the you, which would insert the existence of both into a necessary structure.

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Kuki found something of this in French literature. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission. He feels like Kant and Baudelaire fighting in one body. Then the scene repeats: June marked it as to-read Mar 23, We see that Kuki was interested in a certain kind of French philosophy and that he was looking for ideas that corresponded kui his personal philosophical research.


The great man of knowledge would be capable of being astonished at the very moment he sees the “veils of his habits” disappearing. Within certain aesthetic experiences and especially those that are determined by the tragiclike Aristotle we become aware of contingency.

Better to take from his story what is valuable and notice the potential for an aesthetics that resists hard boundaries, that exists in the ambiguous spaces between things, that is always moving away from the simple definition.

One understands why the dream is, as an aesthetic phenomenon and as an element of a philosophy of knowledge, of so much interest for this philosophy: Artistically inclined, Kuki Shuzo matured into a philosopher of deep thought. Nuiko joins him, but the trip is his own. KUKI defined iki as “refinement, tension and voluptuousness” and analyzed how it was used in nature and art.

Kuki Shuzo: A Philosopher’s Poetry and Poetics by Kuki Shūzō

After returning to Japan, he lectured on French philosophy. In pure action he is beyond himself and has ceased to know himself” pp.

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By using a “particularly Western” philosophical discourse, it has kuji possible for Kuki to define iki, habit, and style as qualities that exist between both. The “identification” of elements of reality can only be made in regard to a fixed point of view. As a matter whuzo fact, already in Plato, phronesis is transmitted from father to son, but it would be too simple to say that a certain idea of “race” has been formulated here as an explanation for the entire phenomenon of phronesis.


For all these reasons one might have the right to claim that Kuki, in order to kkki a “thickness” to a dynamic reality, is looking for contingency as well as for iki within a rather dreamlike domain like that of the phronesis or the chora-that is, within a domain that by definition “exists” only between being and nonbeing.

Boutroux thought that science has the right to establish links between the phenomena that it observes; however, this does not give us the right to think that these phenomena must be subordinated to an order that is based only on abstractions. In this way “radical contingency” Heine becomes a concrete phenomenon because it asks questions of existential value.

Amiel himself admits that “my Western consciousness, which is penetrated by Christian mo! Kuii marked it as to-read Feb 02, Reading is a way to treat the loneliness and homesickness that plagues him. Gowns of infinite colors, like the night sky blooming into dawn. In other words, for Ravaisson human shuzp is determined by permanence and impermanence at the same time, and habit is able to contain bot!

Kuki Shūzō (1888–1941)

There is almost no explanation for the contingent fantasies that deploy themselves in the dream. Hence ‘possible’ means that which does not involve any impossibility. What was needed was phronesis and not a flight into authoritative traditions or racial excellence cf. Heidegger and Asian Thought, p.