Understanding Japanese Philosophy - Fudan University

Course

Online

Free

Description

  • Type

    Course

  • Methodology

    Online

Thanks to the impact of ‘globalisation’ people in the West are growing more and more interested in voices from East Asian culture. But familiarity with Western philosophy doesn’t always mean an accurate understanding of its Asian counterpart.

So what does the “Asian counterpart” of Western philosophy actually refer to? Confucianism? Daoism? Different schools of Buddhism like Theravada Buddhism or Mahayana Buddhism? And how do we understand each of them? This course will help you answer some of these questions.

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Subjects

  • Japanese Food
  • Japanese

Course programme

  • Learn how Japanese culture can be thought of as another huge “melting-pot”, similar to how America is perceived.

  • Explore the Japanese way of thinking by observing linguistic behaviour. You’ll learn how to convert original Japanese expressions into Japanese-style English, and learn to philosophically analyse these expressions.

  • Develop a basic understanding of Nishida Kitaro’s “Logic of Basho” and understand why it is radically different from the Aristotelian logic.

  • Understand Omori Shuzo’s argument against ‘identity theory’ - the common-sense idea that mental activities are located in the brain.

  • Understand Omori Shuzo’s argument against the reality of temporal instance and its remarkable philosophical consequences.

  • Understand Watsuji Tetsuro’s argument against the separation of sociality from spatiality and its remarkable impacts on the studies in moral philosophy.

Understanding Japanese Philosophy - Fudan University

Free