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Flower Petals Fall, but the Flower Endures

Flower Petals Fall, but the Flower Endures

The Japanese Philosophy of Transience

Takeuchi Seiichi

Philosophy & Religion

¥2,500

Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-069-2 (Paperback) | 198 pages | 188mm (h) x 148mm (w) | Hardcover edition March 2015 | Paperback New English edition January 2019

About the Book

Life is short and transient. The feeling that this evokes is called mujōkan in Japanese. Rather than falling into the despair that is so prevalent in the present day, mujōkan allows one to accept transience proactively as a sign of vibrant life. In this book Takeuchi Seiichi examines this view of life from the perspectives of philosophy, literature, art, and religion. He delves into the Japanese concepts of grief and pain, life and death, reaching to the very core of the Japanese spirit. This book presents a full record of Takeuchi’s valedictory lectures in commemoration of his retirement from the University of Tokyo.

About the Author

TAKEUCHI Seiichi

Born in Nagano in 1946, Takeuchi Seiichi graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1971 and entered the doctoral program of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, but withdrew before receiving his degree. Over a long and distinguished academic career he has been a professor in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Tokyo, a professor at Kamakura Women’s University, and is now a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo. He served two terms as the chairperson of the Japanese Society for Ethics. He specializes in ethics and Japanese intellectual history. His primary interest is the spiritual history of Japan and how that history is reflected in the lives of modern Japanese. His numerous books include “Onozukara” to “mizukara” (“Onozukara” and “Mizukara”; Shunjusha, 2004); Nihonjin wa naze “sayōnara” to wakareru no ka (Why Japanese Say “Sayonara” on Parting; Chikuma Shobo, 2009); “Kanashimi” no tetsugaku (The Philosophy of “Sorrow”; NHK Books, 2009); Aritenakereba (As Fleeting as a Dream; Kadokawa, 2015); “Yasashisa” to Nihonjin (Yasashisa and the Japanese People; Chikuma Shobo, 2016) and Nihonshisō no kotoba (The Vocabulary of Japanese Thought; Kadokawa, 2016).

内容紹介

人生は空しくてはかない。我々はこの感情を無常観と呼ぶ。だが、この無常というものを積極的に受け入れることで、現代にただよう「絶望」がもし払拭できるとしたら―。無常の思想を語学、哲学、文学、芸術、宗教から丹念にひも解き、「かなしみ」や「いたみ」を分かち合ってきた日本人独自の死生観とその背景にある精神の核心に深く迫る。日本思想史の新たな地平を切り拓く、東京大学退官記念「最終講義」全記録。

著者紹介

竹内整一

1946年長野県生まれ。1971年東京大学卒業。同大学大学院人文科学研究科博士課程中退。東京大学文学部教授を経て、現在、鎌倉女子大学教授、東京大学名誉教授。日本倫理学会会長を2期務めた。専門は倫理学・日本思想史。日本人の精神の歴史をたどりなおしながら、それが現在に生きる日本人に、どのようにつながっているのかを探究している。著書に『「かなしみ」の哲学』(NHKブックス)、『日本人はなぜ「さようなら」と別れるのか』(ちくま新書)、『「やさしさ」と日本人』(ちくま学芸文庫)、『「おのずから」と「みずから」』(春秋社)、『ありてなければ』(角川ソフィア文庫)、『日本思想の言葉』(角川選書)などがある。

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Original Japanese Version / 原書情報

花びらは散る 花は散らない―無常の日本思想

花びらは散る 花は散らない―無常の日本思想

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