The Structure of Detachment: The Aesthetic Vision of Kuki Shuzo / Edition 1

The Structure of Detachment: The Aesthetic Vision of Kuki Shuzo / Edition 1

by Hiroshi Nara, J. Thomas Rimer, Jon Mark Mikkelsen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824828054

ISBN-13: 9780824828059

Pub. Date: 04/30/2005

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The

"The Structure of Detachment offers a finely crafted, reliable, and thoroughly annotated translation of this seminal work of one of modern Japan's most prominent philosophers. Because of its impact on the modern Japanese understanding of traditional culture and character, The Structure of Iki has inspired great interest and debate among scholars examining Kuki's role…  See more details below

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"The Structure of Detachment offers a finely crafted, reliable, and thoroughly annotated translation of this seminal work of one of modern Japan's most prominent philosophers. Because of its impact on the modern Japanese understanding of traditional culture and character, The Structure of Iki has inspired great interest and debate among scholars examining Kuki's role in the formation of a national aesthetics in the years prior to World War II. The three critical essays that accompany the translation look at various aspects of Kuki, his work, and the historical context that influenced his thinking. Hiroshi Nara first traces Kuki's interest in a philosophy of life through his exposure to Husserl, Heidegger, and Bergson. In the second essay, J. Thomas Rimer compels readers to reexamine The Structure of Iki as a work in the celebrated tradition of zuihitsu (stream-of-consciousness writings) and takes into account French literary influences on Kuki. The philosopher's controversial link with Heidegger is explored by Jon Mark Mikkelsen in the final essay, which concludes that, although Heidegger's view of art is consistent, both historically and conceptually, with his political involvement with fascism, the same cannot be said of Kuki." The Structure of Detachment: The Aesthetic Vision of Kuki Shuzo at last makes broadly available to English readers one of Japan's major philosophical texts of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824828059
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.55(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. ITranslation of Iki no Kozo
Translator's preface9
The structure of Iki by Kuki Shuzo as translated by Hiroshi Nara13
Pt. IIEssays
Capturing the shudders and palpitations : Kuki's quest for a philosophy of life95
Literary stances : the structure of Iki130
Reading Kuki Shuzo's the structure of Iki in the shadow of L'affaire Heidegger148
Kuki Shuzo chronology171
Contributors177
Translation index179
Essay index183

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