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PHILOSOPHY

The Palais de Rumine, one of the former buildings of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland where famed-Italian sociologist, economist, political scientist and philosopher Vilfredo Pareto taught and penned many of his major works.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 13, 2023
Italian intellectual Vilfredo Pareto and the roots of politics
The great Italian public intellectual Vilfredo Pareto saw free trade as beneficial to all and military spending as detrimental to many.
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COMMENTARY / World
Jan 2, 2023
Four ancient truths to help you lead a modern life
The old Greek philosophers struggled with the same hard questions weu2019re still asking today: What makes life worth living? What makes us thrive as human beings?
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JAPAN / Media / BIG IN JAPAN
Jun 13, 2020
What constitutes nothingness? The answer could drive you insane
If we assume that everything is something, then nothing is in fact nothing.
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COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 7, 2020
How to embrace the spirit of altruism
Success in life or work is determined by attitude multiplied by effort and ability.
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COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 6, 2020
What makes up the Inamori management philosophy?
The engine of a pure and beautiful altruistic mind is much powerful than one driven by desires.
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CULTURE / Books / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
May 11, 2019
'Much Ado About Nothingness': Exploring the diverse philosophies of the Kyoto School — review
James Heisig's "Much Ado About Nothingness" strives to link the philosophies of Kirato Nishida and Hajime Tanabe with broader intellectual and artistic themes.
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CULTURE / Books / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
Feb 23, 2019
Meet one of Japan's greatest modern philosophers in 'Nishida Kitaro: The Man and His Thought'
First published in Japanese in 1985, "Nishida Kitaro: The Man and His Thought" brings together diverse essays about both Nishida and his philosophy of "absolute nothingness" written by his former pupil Keiji Nishitani (1900-90).
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CULTURE / Books / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
Feb 9, 2019
'Philosophers of Nothingness': Philosophy built on quietly gripping human dramas
Heisig's "Philosophers of Nothingness" introduces the Kyoto School's three main philosophers: Kitaro Nishida, Hajime Tanabe and Keiji Nishitani.
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COMMUNITY / Issues / LEARNING CURVE
Jan 23, 2019
Waxing philosophical in English class with 'Thinking Experiments'
If you've ever taught English at a Japanese school, you'll likely be familiar with a certain kind of silence — pervasive and tinged with teenage ennui. Authors Alexander Dutson and James Hill want to recommend breaking the ice with philosophy.
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COMMUNITY / Issues / LEARNING CURVE
Jan 23, 2019
Trying out a lesson on traditional notions of gender
I teach a class of 38 at Hamamatsu Higashi Senior High School in Shizuoka Prefecture, and earlier this month I tried out a gender-themed lesson from Alexander Dutson and James Hill's "Thinking Experiments."
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CULTURE / Books
Dec 15, 2018
Spreading the word of the philosophers of nothingness
The Kyoto School of philosophy u2014 which offers stimulating ideas, a distinctive critique of Western philosophy and applies a Western methodology to Japanese thought u2014 represents Japan's greatest contribution to world philosophy in the 20th century.
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WORLD
May 4, 2018
Look who's picking up the tab for Karl Marx's birthday bash: China
Karl Marx's home town is holding a party for the "Communist Manifesto" author's bicentenary, and China is paying for the birthday gift.
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JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Apr 14, 2018
Ando Shoeki: He who dared anger the gods
A mind like Shoeki Ando u2014 bold, mischievous, unconventional, borderline crackpot, one might almost say u2014 is worth probing, if only for those qualities, let alone for his ideas, which leave the mainstream so far behind that the word "evil" has been attached to him.
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WORLD
Apr 14, 2018
Huge Chinese statue of Karl Marx erected in his German birthplace
A massive statue of Karl Marx, the founding father of communism, was erected in his birthplace on Friday after the southern German city of Trier decided to accept the bronze sculpture from China despite concerns over the country's human rights record.
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CULTURE / Books
Nov 4, 2017
'Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life': Does happiness lie in your purpose in life?
Ikigai is the idea that having a purpose in your life is key to happiness. Curious whether ikigai and longevity have a causal connection, software engineer Hector Garcia and writer/translator Francesc Miralles set out to interview the residents of Ogimi, Okinawa, the so-called Village of Longevity. Their resulting book claims that ikigai is "The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life."
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JAPAN / CHUBU CONNECTION
Feb 20, 2017
Nagoya junior high trio hold cancer event to share concerns
A trio of junior high school students from Aichi Prefecture organized an exchange event for children who are undergoing cancer treatment and their family members, hoping to attract young participants to share their feelings on the difficult subject.
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CULTURE / Film
Sep 21, 2016
'The Pervert's Guide to Ideology': Philosophy outside the ivory tower
Love him or hate him, you have to at least credit Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist Slavoj Zizek for trying.
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CULTURE / Books
Aug 13, 2016
Latour: rethinking ecological crisis from the ground down
The earth underneath Tokyo is trembling. This time, however, the activity is not seismic; it is not one of the many tremors that intermittently punctuate daily life in this city. It is, rather, a constant trembling: a condition of the global ecological crisis in which we now find ourselves.
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JAPAN
Feb 29, 2016
Farmer fells Hokkaido 'Philosophy Tree' amid aging, tourist concerns
A lone tree on a hill in the central Hokkaido town of Biei that served as the area's top tourist attraction has been cut down due to its worsening condition and issues with visitors to the site.
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CULTURE / Music
May 29, 2015
Pirokalpin gets a taste of the majors and opts for indie
Getting signed to a major label is a goal many bands aspire to, but what happens when your contract ends halfway through the making of your sophomore LP? You start your own label and put it out yourself.

Longform

Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves