(Counter)Influences (Budapest, 1-4 Febbraio 2022)

2022 ENOJP 6_Poster


Through more than one and a half millennia, Japanese thought has been continuously shaped, widened and diversified by different influences of religious, philosophical, scientific and ideological formations. The ability of the Japanese to introduce, creatively fuse and dynamically modify the most different modes of thought made Japan an ever-changing melting pot of various teachings. All the traditions, schools and streams of thought that have entered Japan since the earliest times until the present day have gone through numerous transformations, becoming integral parts of Japanese culture.

From classical Confucian ideas, Buddhist thought and elements of Daoism, through the teachings of Zhu Xi and Wang Yangming, until the introduction of “Western” scientific, religious, philosophical and political thought, an enormous variety of influences reached Japan. These teachings, sometimes introduced under close state supervision, sometimes restricted or even banned by the authorities, sometimes seamlessly spreading through different social strata, caused continuous internal tensions and reactions, and awakened new interpretations and applications of already existing ideas and methods.

Of course, it was not only the introduction of external trends that kept alive continuous internal transformations within the different streams of Japanese thought. The mutual critique between Buddhist schools, the encounters between Shinto and Buddhism, the tensions between different modes of Confucian teachings, the emergence of kokugaku as a reaction to foreign influences, just like the conflicts between Western philosophy and the Japanese intellectual tradition – these are only a few of the more notable examples of the endless series of encounters taking place within the physical borders of Japan.

In this flow of transmissions, centuries of reception, growth, flourishing, decay and renewal of teachings, we see reflected the complementarity of the firmness of tradition and the flexibility of adaptation, both of which have characterised Japanese thought from the earliest times to modern academic philosophy. The 6th Conference of the European Network of Japanese Philosophy is dedicated to the examination of influences and counter-influences in the history of Japanese thought from its beginnings to contemporary philosophy. The organisers welcome papers analysing areas including but not limited to pre-modern philosophical traditions, religious thought, political ideas, encounters between different theories of arts, martial arts, science, schools of “foreign” learning (rangaku, eigaku, yōgaku, futsugaku…), Shinto’s encounters with other traditions, and modern philosophical schools and thinkers following or opposing Western ideas. The purpose of the Conference is to explore the depth and width of (counter)influences that have occurred and are endlessly occurring in Japanese thought, through the widest possible range of approaches.



儒学から始まり、仏教・道教・朱子学・陽明学を通して、「西洋」の科学的、宗教的、哲学的、政治学的な思想に至るまで、 日本は非常に多岐にわたる思想的影響を受けてきた。それは、時には国家に厳しく監督されながら導入され、時には権力によって限定あるいは禁止され、時にはあらゆる社会的階層を難なく縦断しながら普及して、継続的な内部の緊張と反響、そしてすでに存在している思想や方法の新たな解釈や応用を引き起こした。

無論、日本思想の様々な流れにおける内面的変化を保ち続けているのは、外国から流入した動向だけではない。日本仏教の宗派同士の批判、仏教と神道の遭遇、儒学諸派間の緊迫、海外からの影響への対抗としての国学の誕生、そして西洋哲学と日本思想史の衝突… これらは日本という国の物理的国境の中で起こってきた、絶え間ない出来事のほんの一例である。

その様々な伝達の流れの中で、すなわち多様な教えの数世紀にわたる受容、発展、繁栄、衰退、そして改変において、伝統の強固性と順応の弾力性が反映され、その両方が太古の時代から現代の学術的哲学までの日本思想を特徴づけていることがわかる。European Network of Japanese Philosophy の第六回会議は太古の時代から現代までの日本思想に対する影響と、その影響の受容に関し、考察するものである。現代以前の哲学的伝統、宗教的思想、政治思想、及び美術、武道、科学など異なる理論の遭遇、様々な「外国」に関する学問(蘭学・英学・洋学・仏学など)、神道とその他の伝統との交点、西洋の考え方に同意あるいは対立する現代思想等々についての発表を広く募集している。本会議の目的は、日本思想史に対しすでに与えられた影響、並びに今後も絶えることなく与えられ続ける影響と、その受容との関係、その深みと幅を、可能な限り広い側面から探ることである。

Per maggiori informazioni sulla conferenza: https://enojp2021.elte.hu/

Sulla ENOJP: https://enojp.org/