Kyoto in Davos: The Question of the Human from a Cross Cultural Vantage Point.

International Conference in cooperation with TU-Braunschweig

September 10-13, 2020
Institute of Philosophy (Domäne), Hildesheim University, Germany

The international conference, “Kyoto in Davos,” to be held in Hildesheim, Germany, returns to the well-known 1929 Davos disputation between Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945) and Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) that focused on the central question of Kantian philosophy “Was ist der Mensch?” and considers what directions the debate might have taken had Nishida Kitarō (1870- 1945) – or any of the other members of the Kyoto School or thinker from Japan – been present.

With this question, Kant outlined the field of philosophy in its “cosmopolitan importance.” And while Kant’s cosmopolitanism was progressive and an expression of the best of the Enlightenment, such a cosmopolitanism cannot but appear to us today as Eurocentric. It has become essential to critically reflect on the cultural bias of our understanding of the human. Max Scheler, in his 1928 book, The Human Place in the Cosmos, explicitly begins from the point of view of a “well-educated European” and thus from a clearly stated cultural bias. Returning to the Davos disputation, we ask to what degree the debate between Cassirer and Heidegger was dominated by a Eurocentric bias and how the philosophical account of the human would have unfolded had a culturally other voice been part of the debate.

Thus, the conference seeks to imagine a counter-factual confrontation (Auseinandersetzung) between Cassirer, Heidegger, Nishida, and other Japanese philosophers and to rethink, both historically and systematically, the nature of the human: What role does culture and religion play in Philosophical Anthropology? And to what extent does the plurality of cultures and religions contradict the perspective of universalism largely assumed by Philosophical Anthropology today? And how can other philosophical traditions broaden our understanding of the human and challenge the dominant models of essentialism, naturalism, culturalism, and existentialism?

Within this framing of the question, we suggest furthering the discussion at Davos within three thematic fields:

1. Historical and systematic contextualization of philosophical anthropology and the question of the human:

  • What are the parallels in Japanese and German philosophical history from the 1910s to the 1930s?
  • What role do neo-Kantianism and Lebensphilosophie play in Germany and Japan at the beginning of the 20th century?
  • What can the Kyoto School and other streams contribute to philosophical anthropology?
  • What are the repercussions of the multi-cultural view of the human?

2. The repetition, appropriation, and transformation of Kant and post-Kantian philosophy:

  • What is the importance of Kant, neo-Kantianism and philosophical anthropology for thedevelopment of early Japanese philosophy?
  • What is the importance of early Japanese philosophy to our understanding of Kant andthe post-Kantian philosophy?

3. The Crisis of Human Self-Understanding and the Kantian Question Across Cultural Difference:

  • Given the interconnection between language and understanding, what does it mean to translate philosophical language, specifically such terms as Mensch, human, 人間, fromone culture to another?
  • Can we translate Kant’s question of the human from Western to Eastern tradition, fromthe past to the present?
  • What were the conditions for translating the Western philosophical discourse intoJapanese and rendering it understandable? Is it possible to translate Japanesephilosophical discourse back into Western terminology?
  • Are there limits to understanding?
  • How does the limits of linguistic or cultural translation offer us new systematic insightsinto the question concerning the human?

The invited speakers and guests include: Eric Nelson (Hong Kong), Steve Lofts (London, Canada), Ralf Becker (Landau, Germany), Sascha Freyberg (Venice, Italy), John Maraldo (Florida, USA), Bret Davis (Baltimore, USA), Gregory Moss (Hong Kong), Fernando Wirtz (Kyoto, Japan), and Jörn Bohr (Wuppertal).

Organized by Ralf Müller, Tobias Endres and Domenico Schneider.

Japanese-philosophy.org

I launched the website »www.japanese-philosophy.org« for the first time in 2005. It covered basic information on Japanese philosophy. However, it was meant to, primarily, provide a hub for people spread around the globe to see what’s going on in our field of research. In the meantime, students of Hildesheim University have founded the European Network of Japanese philosophy (https://enojp.org) which has helped to establish academic and professional exchange across continents. Other important networks have also been established in the U.S. and Japan.

Thus, the previous content of the website is outdated. I will, however, relaunch the website in summer 2020. For the time being, please review the content recovered from „wayback machine“ at archive.org:

www.japanese-philosophy.org

Tetsugaku Jii 哲學字彙

The website www.tetsugaku-jii.org provides electronic access to the 3rd edition of the first Japanese dictionary of philosophy, the Tetsugaku Jii 哲學字彙 (1912). The first edition was published as early as 1881.

This project serves as part of the source material of the DFG research project »The Translation of Philosophy to Japan from the Perspective of the Philosophy of Culture«.

The dictionary exhibits the forging of the philosophical vocabulary in Japanese and, hence, the linguistic base of the comprehensive process of the translation of Western academic philosophy into Japan. The analysis of the dictionary will be conducted both statistically and qualitatively. The dictionary serves as a valuable resource to all scholars of the modern history of ideas of Japan and Japanese philosophy.

The digitization of the dictionary and online access will be developed into a more comprehensive data base that includes links to other resources and collaborative tools that can help to establish a base for more advanced research.

At present, the Japanese terms can be looked up for page numbers in the original dictionary. Logged into an account (free of charge and for research purposes only), more comprehensive data are provided.

Future plans include the expansion of the database to include the Iwamani Dictionary of Philosophy (compiled by Kyoto School philosophers and other notable scholars in Japan).

The analysis of the Tetsugaku Jii and the Iwanami Dictionary based on khcoder will be undertaken over the summer 2020.

The present team consists of Ralf Müller as the principal investigator, supported by Maria Römer (Japanologist), Yasuo Nozaki (Translator), and Lena Nahrwold (Applied informatics).

https://www.tetsugaku-jii.org

Aktivitäten | Activities

Peer Reviewing
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft | German Research Foundation (2020)
  • Journal Polylog (2019)
  • State University of New York Press (2017-2018)
  • European Journal of Japanese Philosophy (2015-2019)
  • KronoScope (2014)
  • Journal of Japanese Philosophy (2013-2014)
Reading Groups
  • Whitehead (Berlin) 2009
  • Comparative Philosophy (Zurich) 2011
  • Nishitani (Kyoto) 2012
  • Nishida (Kyoto) 2014
  • Cassirer (Berlin) 2016
  • Kant-Hegel (Berlin) 2017-2018
  • »The task of translation« (Berlin) 2018-2019
Workshops
  • 5 Workshops on »Morphology as Scientific Paradigm« (various places) 2015-2019
  • 2 Workshops on »Play of Culture« (Sankt Gallen) 2017-2018
  • International workshop on Dōgen (Berlin) 2020
Conferences
  • Conceptual consulting for »Asia and Europe in Translation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives« (Zurich) 2014, 50 persons.
  • Member of steering committee of »Transitions. 4th Annual Conference of European Network of Japanese philosophy« (Hildesheim) 2018, 120 persons.
  • Organizer of »Kyoto in Davos. The Question of the Human from a Cross Cultural Vantage Point« (Hildesheim) 2020, no. of persons tbd.
Other
  • Concept for the permanent exhibition »Play of Culture(s)« at Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum (Sankt Gallen) 2019.

Lehrveranstaltung | Teaching

  • Philosophie zwischen »Ost« und »West«: Methoden und Themen (SoSe 2020, Hildesheim)
  • Hegels Phänomenologie des Geistes, Selbstbewusstsein (WiSe 2019/2020, Hildesheim)
  • Hegels Phänomenologie des Geistes, Bewusstsein (SoSe 2019, Hildesheim)
  • Hegels Phänomenologie des Geistes, Einleitung (WiSe 2018/19, Hildesheim)
  • Leibniz‘ Monadologie (SoSe 2018, Hildesheim)
  • René Descartes: Meditationen über die Grundlagen der Philosophie (WiSe 2017/18, Hildesheim).
  • Das Museum als Ort von Erfahrung und Reflexion. Zu François Lyotards Ausstellung Les Immatériaux von 1985 im Centre Georges Pompidou (SoSe 2017, Hildesheim).
  • Wittgenstein als Kulturphilosoph. Zu Stanley Cavells Interpretation des Ausdrucks »Lebensform« (SoSe 2016, Hildesheim).
  • Goethes Naturphilosophie (WiSe 2015/16, Hildesheim).
  • Texte zur frühromantischen Kant-Kritik (WiSe 2015/16, Hildesheim).
  • Gibt es Formen der intuitiven Erkenntnis? Texte zu Kants Kritik der Urteilskraft (SoSe 2015, Hildesheim).
  • Was ist Kultur? Texte zur Einführung in die Kulturphilosophie (SoSe 2015, Hildesheim).
  • Die Religionsphilosophie der Kyōto-Schule (FrüSe 2014, Zürich) mit Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rother.
  • Theorie und Praxis der Übersetzung (HeSe 2013, Zürich).
  • Über Roman Jakobsons Begriff der Transmutation (FrüSe 2013, Zürich).
  • Japans »Schöne Kunst«: Begriffsfindung und Konstituierung eines kunsthistorischen Kanons im ästhetisch-philo- sophischen Diskurs (HeSe 2012, Zürich) mit M.A. Dinah Zank und M.A. Jeanne Egloff.
  • Grenzen der philosophischen Ästhetik im Spiegel der japanischen Kunstgeschichte (FrüSe 2012, Zürich) mit M.A. Dinah Zank.
  • Sprachen der Philosophie und das Problem der Übersetzung (HeSe 2011, Zürich).
  • Eine philosophische Grammatik des Japanischen? Ostasiatische Sprachen und Wilhlem von Humboldts Philoso- phie (FrüSe 2011, Zürich).

Publikationen | Publications

Monographien | Monographs

  1. Spiel der Kultur/en. Der neue Asiensaal [Play of Culture/s. The new Asia Haal] co-authored with Jeanne Egloff, Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum, Sankt Gallen, FormatOst, 2019, pp. 156.
  1. Dōgens Sprachdenken. Historische und symboltheoretische Perspektiven [Dōgen’s Language Thinking. Historic and Symbol Theoretic Perspectives], vol. 13 of series Worlds of Philosophy, Karl Alber‐Verlag, 2013, pp. 376.

Dōgens Sprachdenken. Historische und symboltheoretische Perspektiven wurde rezensiert | was reviewed in:

Herausgeber | Editor

Bücher | Books
  1. Tetsugaku Companion to Ueda Shizuteru. Thoughts about Language, Experience and Zen co-edited with Raquel Bouso (Barcelona, Catalonia) and Adam Loughnane (Cork, Ireland), Springer Tetsugaku Series (edited by K. Noe, C.Y. Cheung and W.K. Lam), 2020 (forthcoming).
    Contributors: Bret Davis (Baltimore), Adam Loughnane (Cork), Gregory Moss (Hong Kong), Ralf Müller, and others.
  2. Morphologie als Paradigma in den Wissenschaften. Ein Handbuch
    [A Companion to Morphology as Scientific Paradigm] co-edited with Research Network “Morphology as Scientific Paradigm”, Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte, 2020 (in preparation).
    Contributors: Frank Stahnisch (Calgary), Kristian Koechy (Bielefeld), Helmut Hauser (Bristol), Ralf Müller, and others.
Zeitschriften | Journals
  1. “Übersetzung und Überlieferung von Philosophie” [“Translation and Transmission of Philosophy”] co-edited with Aurelio Calderon and Xenia Wenzel, Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 80.000 words, 2020 (forthcoming).
    Contributors: John Maraldo (Florida), Jens Heise (Heidelberg), Xenia Wenzel (Leipzig), Ralf Müller, and others.
  2. Schwerpunkt “Morphologie” [Special section “Morphologie”]
    Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie, 13 (1) 2019, pp. 5-86.
    Contributors: Philippe Descola, Muriel van Vliet, Thomas Reinhardt, and Ralf Müller.
  3. “Ueda Shizuterus Philosophie in der Diskussion”, [“Ueda Shizuteru’s philosophy in discussion”], Asiatic Studies vol. 69.2, 2015. Contributors: Gereon Kopf and Ralf Müller.

Autor | Author

Artikel | Articles
  1. Müller, Ralf (2020): »The articulation of silence in language. About Ueda Shizuteru’s language thinking.«, in: Tetsugaku Companion to Ueda Shizuteru. Thoughts about Language, Experience and Zen ed. by Raquel Bouso, Ralf Müller and Adam Loughnane, Springer [8.000 words; forthcoming].
  2. Müller, Ralf (2020): »Morphologie und die Übersetzung kultureller Lebensformen« [»Morphology and the Translation of Cultural Life Forms«] (7000 words), in: Morphologie als Paradigma in den Wissenschaften. Ein Handbuch [A Companion to Morphology as Scientific Paradigm] ed. by Ralf Müller and Research Network “Morphology as Scientific Paradigm”, (in preparation), Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte.
  3. Müller, Ralf (2020): »Zur Überlieferung von Philosophie durch Übersetzung«[»On the Transmission of Philosophy Through Translation«] (8500 words), in: »Überlieferung und Übersetzung der Philosophie« [»Transmission and Translation of Philosophy«] ed. by Ralf Müller, Fredy Calderon, and Xenia Wenzel, special volume of Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie (in press).
  4. Müller, Ralf (2019): “The Philosophical Reception of Japanese Buddhism After 1868”, in: Dao Companion to Japanese Buddhist Philosophy ed. by Gereon Kopf, Springer, pp. 155-204.
  5. Müller, Ralf (2019): »Der Begriff der Gestalt in der modernen Linguistik. Ernst Cassirer im Gespräch mit Roman Jakobson«, in: Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie vol. 13.1, pp. 63-86.
  6. Müller, Ralf (2018): »Formwerdung und Formlosigkeit der Form. Die Beiträge von Ernst Cassirer und Nishida Kitarō zur Lebensphilosophie«, in: Ernst Cassirer in systematischen Beziehungen. Zur kritisch-kommunikativen Bedeutung seiner Kulturphilosophie ed. by Thiemo Breyer and Stefan Niklas, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Sonderband 40, pp. 195-215.
  7. Müller, Ralf (2018): »Philosophy and the practice of reflexivity. On Dōgen’s discourse about Buddha-nature«, in: Concepts of Philosophy ed. by Raji C. Steineck et al., Brill Publisher, pp. 545-576.
  8. Müller, Ralf (2016): »›Dōgen também fala de…‹ Citações do patriarca do Zen na filosofia de Nishida« transl. by A.F. Neto, in: Filosofia da escola de Kyoto e suas fontes orientais ed. by A.F. Neto, 2016.
  9. Müller, Ralf (2015): 「応答の心が交差する小径」としての〈感応道交〉 道元のフェミニズム的解釈」 [»The interpretation of kannō dōkō – Dōgen from a feminist point of view«], in:『日本哲学史研究』Research Bulletin of Japanese Philosophy, pp. 69-81.
  10. Müller, Ralf (2015): 「禅における再帰性―井上円了の禅解釈」, in: International Inoue Enryo Research vol. 3, pp. 96-106.
  11. Müller, Ralf (2015): »Die Artikulation des Schweigens in der Sprache. Zum Sprachdenken des Philosophen Ueda Shizuteru«, in: Asiatische Studien vol. 69.2, pp. 391-417.
  12. Müller, Ralf (2014): »Inoue Enryō und die Entdeckung von Sprache im Zen – Über Prolegomena zur Philosophie der Zen-Schule von 1893«, in: Begriff und Bild der modernen japanischen Philosophie ed. by Raji C. Steineck et al., Frommann Holzboog (Reihe »Philosophie interkulturell«), pp. 63-105.
  13. Müller, Ralf (2014): »›Dōgen spricht auch von…‹. Zitate des Zen-Patriarchen in Nishidas Philosophie«, in: Kitaro Nishida in der Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts ed. by Rolf Elberfeld and Yoko Arisaka, Karl Alber-Verlag, pp. 203-238.
  14. Müller, Ralf (2010): »Shobutsu shoso ha dōtoku nari – Watsuji Tetsurō no Dōgen tetsugaku«, in: The Proceedings of the 68th Annual Convention of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies vol. 84.4, pp. 204-205.
  15. Müller, Ralf (2009): »Watsuji’s Reading of Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō«, in: Frontiers of Japanese Philosophy 6 ed. by James W. Heisig and Raquel Bouso, Nanzan, pp. 174-191.
  16. Müller, Ralf (2009): »On Impermanency and Human Mortality«, in: Comparative Philosophy Today and Tomorrow ed. by Sarah A. Mattice et al., Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 40-57.
  17. Müller, Ralf (2007): »L’épistémologue Yodono Yōjun sur la philosophie du moine Dōgen« in: Conference Proceedings of 3rd International Meeting of Le Réseau Asie, Paris.
  18. Müller, Ralf (2007): »Dōgen und religiöse Erfahrung«, in: Religiöse Erfahrung II: Interkulturelle Perspektiven ed. by Gerd Haeffner, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, pp. 122-140.
  19. Müller, Ralf (2006): »Getting Back to Premodern Japan: Tanabe’s Reading of Dōgen«, in: Frontiers of Japanese Philosophy ed. by James W. Heisig, Nanzan University, pp. 164-183.
  20. Müller, Ralf (2005): »Watsuji et la découverte de la philosophie japonaise«, in: Conference Proceedings of 2nd International Meeting of Le Réseau Asie, Paris.
Übersetzungen | Translations
  1. Müller, Ralf (2020): »Ueda Shizuteru. Introducing Ueda Shitzuteru« (from Japanese), in: Tetsugaku Companion to Ueda Shizuteru. Thoughts about Language, Experience and Zen, ed. by Raquel Bouso, Ralf Müller and Adam Loughnane, Springer Series [5.000 words; in press].
  2. Müller, Ralf (2020): »Reviewing Ueda Shizuteru PhD dissertation: Reviews of Heinrich Dumoulin and Jan Sudbrack« (from Japanese and German), in: Tetsugaku Companion to Ueda Shizuteru. Thoughts about Language, Experience and Zen ed. by Raquel Bouso, Ralf Müller and Adam Loughnane, Springer Series [5.000 words; in press].
  3. Müller, Ralf and Maria Römer (2020): »Ueda Shizuteru interviewed by Takahashi Yoshito – Shouldering the Tradition of the Kyoto School« (from Japanese), in: Tetsugaku Companion to Ueda Shizuteru. Thoughts about Language, Experience and Zen ed. by Raquel Bouso, Ralf Müller and Adam Loughnane, Springer Series, Springer Series [11.000 words; in press].
  4. Müller, Ralf and Maria Römer (2020): »Ueda Shizuteru and Ito Masao dicussing the heart« (from Japanese), in: Tetsugaku Companion to Ueda Shizuteru. Thoughts about Language, Experience and Zen ed. by Raquel Bouso, Ralf Müller and Adam Loughnane, Springer Series [4.000 words; in press].
  5. Müller, Ralf (2018): »Inoue Enryō, An Evening Conversation about Philosophy [first complete English translation of『哲学一夕話』Tetsugaku isseki wa of 1886/1887], in: International Inoue Enryō Research vol. 6, pp. 34–92.
  6. Müller, Ralf (2017): »Nishida Kitarō, Über die Philosophie des Lebens«, in: European Journal of Japanese Philosophy vol. 2, pp. 295-315.
  7. Müller, Ralf (2014): »Kitarō Nishida. Anhang zu Schematische Erläuterung«, in: Kitaro Nishida in der Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts ed. by Rolf Elberfeld and Yoko Arisaka, Karl Alber-Verlag, pp. 460-462.
  8. Müller, Ralf (2011): »Tanabe Hajime, The philosophy of Dōgen [Extract from『正法眼蔵の哲学私観』Shōbōgenzō no tetsugaku shikan]«, in: Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook (Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture) ed. by J.W. Heisig et al., University of Hawaii Press, 2011, pp. 683-688.
Rezensionen | Reviews
  1. Müller, Ralf (2016): »Conference Report: Japanese Philosophy in a New Key«, in: Journal of Japanese Philosophy vol. 4, pp. 137-146.
  2. Müller, Ralf (2014): »Anfractuosité et unification: La philosophie de Nishida Kitarō [Anfractuosity and unification: Nishida Kitarō’s philosophy] by Michel Dalissier, Genève: Librairie Droz, 2009, p. 640«, in: Philosophy East & West vol. 64.1, pp. 249-253.
  3. Müller, Ralf (2011): »Japanese and Continental Philosophy. Conversations with the Kyoto School, ed. by Bret W. Davis, Brian Schroeder and Jason M. Wirth, Indiana University Press, Bloomington 2011«, in: Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie vol. 36.3, pp. 374-384.

Vorträge seit 2009 | Talks since 2009

2020

  1. Philadelphia (USA), 9th of January:
    »Kyoto School Expounding Zen Texts of Zen Master Dōgen as Religious Commentary or Philosophical Interpretation?«
    Invited by Steve Heine (Florida International University),
    Panel at the American Philosophical Association (January 8-11)

2019

  1. Berlin (Germany), 13th of October:
    »Introduction to Goethe and Morphology as Science«
    Meeting of Research Network »Morphology as Scientific Paradigm« at Max Plank Institute (October 13-15)
  2. Berlin (Germany), 11th of October:
    »Introduction to ›Walter Benjamin and the Task of the Translator‹«
    Reading Circle »Überlieferung und Übersetzung« (October 11-12)
  3. Sankt Gallen (Switzerland), 30th of June:
    »The Play of Culture and the Culture of Play«
    Guided Tour at Historisches und Völkerkunde Museum, Sankt Gallen
  4. Bath Spa University (UK), 20th of June:
    »From a Philosophy of Culture to Religious Philosophy and Back? Ernst Cassirer’s and Nishida Kitarō’s Concepts of Philosophy in Comparison«
    Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, 51st Annual Conference (June 18-21)
  5. Leiden (The Netherlands), 24th of May:
    »The Becoming of Form and the Formlessness of Form: Contributions to the Philosophy of Life by Ernst Cassirer and Nishida Kitarō«
    The 14th Annual Meeting of The Comparative & Continental Philosophy Circle, Leiden University (May 23-25)
  6. Brussels (Belgium), 6th of May:
    »Nishida Kitaro—A Philosopher of Culture?: Proximity and Distance to Ernst Cassirer’s Concept of Philosophy«
    »20th Century East Asian Philosophies«, Research Centre for East Asian Studies (EASt) & Centre Interdisciplinaire d’Etude des Religions et de la Laïcité (CIERL) at Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium with the European Network of Japanese Philosophy (ENOJP) (May, 7-8)
  7. Sankt Gallen (Switzerland), 28th of April:
    »The Play of Culture and the Culture of Play«
    Guided Tour at Historisches und Völkerkunde Museum, Sankt Gallen
  8. Pretoria (South Africa), 11th of April:
    »Philosophy as Translation Beyond Europe«
    Philosophical Society of South Africa, Annual Conference, April 11-13, University of Pretoria
  9. London (Canada), 23rd of March:
    »Nishida Kitarō — A philosopher of Culture? Proximity and Distance to Ernst Cassirer’s Concept of Philosophy«
    »Why the Kyoto School Today?« at The Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy, King’s Western University (March 21-24)
  10. Vienna (Austria), 22nd of February:
    »Zum Problem der Übersetzung in der Philosophie. Historische und systematische Betrachtungen am Beispiel Japans«
    Invited by Wiener Gesellschaft für interkulturelle Philosophie, International Symposium on „Translating Cultures“ (February 22-23).
  11. Denver (USA), 20th of February:
    »Philosophy within the Plurality of Cultural Forms«
    Invited by Sebastian Luft and Arno Schubbach, Panel “The Challenges of Interculturality and Interdisciplinarity for a Philosophy of Culture”, American Philosophical Association (February 20-23).
  12. Miami (USA), 18th of February:
    »The emergence of Japanese philosophy in Meiji period«
    Invited Talk at North Florida University
  13. Sankt Gallen (Switzerland), 15th of February:
    »On Conceptualizing ›Play‹ for a Show on Asian Objects«
    Vernissage of »Spiel der Kulturen« at Historisches und Völkerkunde Museum, Sankt Gallen
  14. Kuwait (Kuwait), 8th of February:
    »The Becoming of Form and the Formlessness of Form.
    On Ernst Cassirer’s and Nishida Kitarō’s concepts of ›organic unity‹«

    »›Unity‹ between East and West: Organic Totality from Muhammad Abduh to Post-Structuralism«, Gulf University for Science and Technology (February 7-9)
  15. New York (USA), 9th of January:
    »The Philosophical Reception of Japanese Buddhism after 1868« American Philosophical Association (January 7-10)

2018

  1. Hong Kong (Hong Kong), 11th of December:
    »On Cultural Spaces Embedding Linguistic Acts in Translation«
    International Conference »A Space for Translation. Thresholds of Interpretation« at Department of Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (December 10-12)
  2. Hildesheim (Germany), 1st of November:
    Opening and Introduction to Morphology and Computational Robotics
    5th meeting of Research Network Morphology as Scientific Paradigm at Hildesheim University (November 1-3), Guest Prof. Helmut Hauser (Bristol)
  3. Hildesheim (Germany), 6th of September:
    »Inter-Culturality as Philosophy‘s Inherent Hybridity«
    4th Annual International Conference of the European Network of Japanese Philosophy (September 5-8)
  4. Hildesheim (Germany), 6th of September:
    Opening and Introduction
    Workshop »Übersetzung und Überlieferung« [»Translation and Transmission] at the 4th Annual International Conference of the European Network of Japanese Philosophy (September 5-8), chaired by Andreas Hetzel (Hildesheim University)
  5. Cracow (Poland), 9th of June:
    »Japanese Philosophy as Translation«
    Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy 50th Annual Conference: June 8-11, 2018 »Power and Creativity« hosted by Pedagogical University of Cracow
  6. Landau (Germany), 26. Januar:
    »Wilhelm von Humboldts Morphologie der Sprachen als Modell für Ernst Cassirers Philosophie der symbolischen Formen?«
    4. Morphologie-Netzwerk-Treffen (25.-27. January) at Institute for Philosophy, University Landau.

2017

  1. Kyoto (Japan), 25th of December:
    Chair on「道元の時間論」[Dōgen’s Theory of Time ], 土井道子記念京 都哲学基金主催. 2017年度 シンポジウム「日本哲学における時間論」, invited by Prof. Uehara Mayuko (Kyoto-University).
  2. Kyoto (Japan), 7th of December:
    「道元と日本仏教におけるフェミニズム」
    [»Dōgen and feminism in Japanese Buddhism«]
    invited by Prof. Uehara Mayuko.
  3. Paris (France), 2nd of November:
    »Japanese Philosophy as Translation. Expanding Hermeneutics for Intercultural Dialogue«
    3rd Annual Conference of the European Network of Japanese Philosophy, Sorbonne (November 2-4)
  4. Lyon, 23nd of June:
    Chair »Penser l’ordre et le devenir des formes«
    3rd Meeting of the Research Network Morphology as Scientific Paradigm at ENS, Lyon (June 22-24)
  5. Hildesheim, 3. November:
    »Japanische Philosophie und Übersetzung«
    Kolloquium am Institut für Philosophie Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
  6. Berlin, 27. Februar:
    »Morphologie. Zur Funktion eines Paradigmas«
    Arbeitstreffen des DFG-Netzwerks Mor- phologie als wissenschaftliches Paradigma.

2016

  1. Berlin, 16. Dezember:
    »Übersetzung in Symbole oder zwischen Symbolen? Zu Ernst Cassirers Grammatik der symbolischen Formen«
    2. Morphologie-Netzwerk-Treffen an der Humboldt Universität Berlin, (15.-17. Dezember)
  2. Brüssel, 7. December:
    »Turning philosophy into a Temple Garden: On Inoue Enryō and the Problem of Translation«
    2nd annual conference of the European Network of Japanese Philosophy (7-10. December) at Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgien
  3. Berlin (Germany), 22nd of April,
    Einführung »Morphologie als Paradigma«
    1st meeting of Research Network »Morphology as Scientific Paradigm«at Zentrum für Literaturforschung Berlin (April 21-23)

2015

  1. Berlin, 15. Dezember:
    »Zur Übersetzung und Übersetzbarkeit von Philosophie«
    Colloquium von Prof. Sybille Krämer, Institut für Philosophie, Freie Universität.
  2. Barcelona, 4. Dezember:
    »On Nishitani, Dōgen and the question of language in Zen«
    The first annual conference of the European Network of Japanese Philosophy (3.-5. Dez.), Institut für Kultur, Universität Pompeu Fabra.
  3. Hildesheim, 28. November:
    »On translation and translatability of philosophy«
    Workshop Japanese philosophy in translation. Linguistic, cultural and systematic themes (27.-28. November), Institut für Philosophie, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
  4. Hildesheim, 27. November:
    »Hermeneutics, intercultural philosophy and the task of translation«
    Internationaler Workshop Japanese philosophy in translation. Linguistic, cultural and systematic themes (27.-28. November), Institut für Philosophie, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
  5. Hildesheim, 3. Oktober: [zusammen mit Sascha Freyberg] »Interkulturalität als Form der Hybridität von Philosophie«
    Erste Nachwuchskonferenz der Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie (2.-3. Oktober), Institut für Phi- losophie, Stiftung UniversitätHildesheim.
  6. *Campinas (Brasilien), 16. September
    »On Dōgen and philosophy of the Kyoto school«
    4th International Workshop on the Kyōto school and East Asian tradition (15.-17. September), Universität Campinas.
  7. Hildesheim, 4. Juli:
    »Vom Atem zur Artikulation. Über den Leib als Ort der Sprache«
    Internationale Tagung Atem/Atmen (pneuma, prana, qi 氣, ki 気) (2.-5. Juli), Institut für Philosophie, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
  8. Hildesheim, 25. Juni:
    »Die Stimme als Leib der Sprache«
    Ringvorlesung »Leiblichkeit«, Institut für Philoso- phie, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
  9. Reykjavik, 16. Mai
    »How to do philosophy (after Nishida)?«
    10th Annual Meeting of The Comparative & Continental Philosophy Circle (14.-17. Mai), Universität Island.
  10. *Paris, 30. März
    Respondenz zu M. Simon Ebersolt, »Variations sur l’être-jeté: Watsuji, Kuki et Augustin Ber- que«
    Journée d’étude: La pensée d’Augustin Berque et la philosophie japonaise, EHESS, Paris.
  11. *Kyōto, 17. Januar:
    »Is Dōgen a Dialetheist? The problem of ›true contradictions‹ in Zen-Buddhism«
    International Workshop on Japanese Buddhism and contradictions (16.-18. Januar), Universität Kyōto.

2014

  1. Pennsylvania (USA), 28. Dezember:
    »What is Japanese philosophy? Systematic and Historical Approaches«
    Annual Conference of the American Philosophical Society.
  2. Zürich, 6. November:
    »On Linguistic and Cultural Translation – Towards a Semiotic Theory«
    Beitrag zur Diskussion mit Tomáš Glanc (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) und Mark Gamsa (Universität Tel Aviv) auf der Jahres- konferenz des UFSP »Asien und Europa« (6.-8. November), Universität Zürich.
  3. Kyōto, 31. Oktober:
    「西田幾多郎と井上円了の哲学的対話」 
    [»Nishida Kitarō und Inoue Enryō. Eine philosophische Begegnung]
    Lehrstuhl für Japanische Philosophie, Universität Kyōto.
  4. Tōkyō, 13. September: 
    「禅における再帰性ー井上円了の 禅解釈」
    [»Reflexivität im Zen-Buddhismus«]
    Internationale Jahrestagung der Inoue Enryō-Gesellschaft an der Universität Tōyō.
  5. * Kyōto, 22. Juni: 
    「鎌 倉仏教の伝承は翻訳論の問題であるか。哲学的観点からの一考察」
    [»Ist die Überlieferung des Kamakura-Buddhismus eine Frage für den Übersetzungsdiskurs? Eine Betrachtung von einem philosophischen Standpunkt«]
    Halbjährlicher Workshop der Vereinigung der Bakumatsu- und Meiji-Studien an der Universi- tät Kyōto.
  6. Barcelona (Spain), 3. Juni:
    The sound of silence and the noise of chatter – Ueda Shizuteru on the problem of language«
    Institut für Kultur, Universität Pompeu Fabra.

2013

  1. Paris, 12. Oktober:
    »Philosophie der Kultur oder einer Kultur?«
    Culture, modernité, individu: autour de Georg Simmel, 11.-12. Oktober, Sorbonne.
  2. Athen, 8. August:
    »Ernst Cassirer’s concept of philosophy in the horizon of forms of culture«
    23rd World Congress of Philosophy (4.-10. August). Universität Athen.
  3. Shanghai, 22. März:
    »From speech to silence and back again – Ueda Shizuteru and Maurice Merleau-Ponty on language«
    8th Annual Meeting of The Comparative & Continental Philosophy Circle (20.-23. März). Universität Fudan.

2012

  1. Paris, 16. November:
    »La lecture du structuralisme linguistique par Cassirer. Proximité et distance, dans l’optique de la philosophie des formes symboliques«
    Colloquium »Cassirer et l’exil américain« (16.-17. November), ENS (Pa- ris).
  2. * Calgary, 7. September:
    »Realization of death in language. A Zen-Buddhist perspective on philosophical thanatology«
    (Invitedspeaker, Institut für Medizingeschichte und Institut für Philosophie, University of Calgary.
  3. Sydney, 10. Juli:
    »Nishitani’s reading of the Zen-Buddhist Dōgen. Japanese philosophy – modern and premodern«
    Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference (9.-11. Juli), University of New South Wales.
  4. Kyōto, 8. Juni:
    「西田幾多郎における仏教テキストの引用文」
    [Nishidas philosophischer Gebrauch buddhistischer Zitationen]
    Colloquium von Fujita Masakatsu, Lehrstuhl für japanische Philosophie, Universität Kyōto

2011

  1. Hildesheim, 9. September:
    »Überlegungen zu Nishidas Dōgen-Interpretation«
    »Nishida Kitaro in der Philoso- phie des 20. Jahrhunderts. Zum 100. Erscheinungsjubiläum der Studie über das Gute (Zen no kenkyū, 1911), Internationale Tagung«, Universität Hildesheim, 5.-9. September
  2. Honolulu, 20. Mai:
    »The Non-Duality of Eating and Being Eaten. Ludwig Feuerbach and the Zen Master Dōgen on Food«
    10th East-West philosophers Conference. Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Glo- bal Interdependence, 16.-22. Mai, Universität Hawai’i, Manoa.
  3. Cork (Irland), 3. März:
    »The Japanese language in Dōgen’s usage«
    The 6th Annual Meeting of The Comparative & Continental Philosophy Circle«, University College Cork, 2.-5. März.
  4. Zürich, 14. Januar:
    »Sprachkonzept und Sprachverwendung bei Dōgen: Zu Gebrauch und Verständnis des Japanischen im Shōbōgenzō«
    What is Philosophy? International Conference, UFSP »Asien und Europa« (13.-16. Januar), Universität Zürich.

2010

  1. Berlin (Germany), 13th of July:
    »Ein philosophischer Brückenschlag zwischen Europa und Japan. Systematische Perspektiven«
    Colloquium, Prof. Schwemmer, Humboldt University Berlin.
  2. Tallinn (Estonia), 21st of May:
    »Remarks on the Early Reception of Dōgen«
    International Workshop »Classical Japanese philosophy: context, interpretation, development« at Tallinn University (May, 20-23)

2009

  1. Montréal (Canada), 10th of November:
    »The Heart Sutra in Buddhist Philosophy«
    Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy »Reflections on The Heart Sutra« at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (November 7-10)
  2. Berlin (Germany), 13th of July:
    »Cassirer als interkultureller Philosoph?«
    Colloquium, Prof. Schwemmer, Humboldt University Berlin.
  3. Barcelona (Catalonia), 4th of June:
    »Watsuji’s Reading of the Zen-Buddhist Dōgen«
    International Conference on »Japanese Philosophy: Confluences and Cross-Currents« at University Pompeu Fabra (June 3-5)

CV | CV

After graduating from Humboldt University Berlin and following (post-)doctoral research in Munich, Zurich and Kyoto, I am currently a research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy at Hildesheim University (Germany), which specializes in Asian and World philosophy.

My research focuses on the philosophy of language and culture, particularly based on the works of Ernst Cassirer and Wilhelm von Humboldt. My interests also encompass regional philosophies including pre-modern Buddhist and modern Japanese philosophy. I have published widely in various languages and translated seminal philosophical works from Japanese into German and English.

Throughout my career, I have been engaged in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research activities inside and outside of academia. I am the founding member of the research network »Morphology as Scientific Paradigm« (funded by the German Research Council, DFG) and have co-curated (as »Konzeptbegleiter«) the new permanent exhibit »Play of culture/s« (»Spiel der Kultur/en«) at Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland.

EDUCATION

2010    PhD thesis submitted to: Institute of Philosophy, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Supervisor: Jens Heise (Berlin), Arifuku Kōgaku (Kyoto), Oswald Schwemmer (Berlin)

Title of thesis: »Dōgen’s Language Thinking: Systematic and Historical Perspectives from the Theory of Symbols.«

2003    Magister studies of Philosophy and Japanology, Magister thesis submitted to: Institute of Philosophy, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Reviewers: Herbert Schnädelbach (Berlin), Jens Heise (Berlin)

Title of thesis: »The Exteriority of Inner Life. The Concept of Death in the Philosophy of Nishida.«

CURRENT POSITION(S)

2020 Visiting Research Fellow, Host: Graham Priest, Depart. of Philosophy, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), USA

2018-2022 Researcher, Grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) Institute of Philosophy, Hildesheim University, Germany

Since 2016 Lecturer, Institute of Philosophy, Hildesheim University, Germany

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

2015-2016 Visiting Research Fellow, Host: Rolf Elberfeld, Institute of Philosophy, Hildesheim University, Germany         

2011-2014 Visiting Research Fellow, Hosts: Masakatsu Fujita and Mayuko Uehara, Department of Japanese philosophy, Kyōto University, Japan

2010-2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Host: Raji C. Steineck, University Research Priority Program »Asia and Europe«, Zurich University, Switzerland

DFG-Forschungsprojekt | Project funded by the German Research Foundation

Der Gegenstand des Forschungsprojekts ist die Rezeption der europäischen Philosophie in Japan seit dem späten 19. Jahrhundert. Das dreijährige Projekt zielt darauf ab, diese Rezeption als einen Prozess der Übersetzung darzustellen. Die zentrale These lautet: Übersetzen ist eine Form philosophischen Denkens und Philosophie eine Form der Übersetzung. Die historische Komponente dieser These konzentriert sich auf die Geschichte der japanischen Philosophie und bringt diese als eine Geschichte der Übersetzung zur Darstellung. Als einer der komplexesten Prozesse von Übersetzung in der Philosophiegeschichte bietet die Japanische Philosophie eine Kontrastfolie zu den innereuropäischen Übersetzungswegen wie der antiken Latinisierung oder neuzeitlichen Vernakularisierung von Philosophie. Das Projekt nähert sich der genannten Kernthese anhand einer Untersuchung der ersten hundert Jahre japanischer Philosophiegeschichte ab 1862, ausgehend von der Übersetzung zentraler Begriffe und Texte, wie sie in den frühesten Lexika wie das Tetsugaku Ji’i (1881) oder schließlich im Werk Ueda Shizuterus (*1926) sichtbar werden.

Links

Wichtiger Bestandteil meines Projekts ist die Bearbeitung des ersten japanischen Wörterbuchs der Philosophie Tetsugaku Ji’i 哲學字彙 in der 3. Auflage von 1912.

Mit einer Suchfunktion ist dies nun im Team erarbeitet zugänglich unter

https://www.tetsugaku-jii.org