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Kyoto

The Kansai Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe region is a political, cultural, and economic power center at constant odds with the Eastern power center of Tokyo-Yokohama, which together with the central power center of Nagoya constitute around 1/2 of Japan’s population. Whereas Tokyo has been a political power center in Japan since before the Edo, or Tokugawa period (1600-1868), and has only become a force of industrial and cultural output since the postwar period, Osaka traditionally held cultural and economic hegemony. Osaka’s contemporary role in Japanese culture is a still a strong one however. Read More…

Help Me Get To Japan (Now Defunct)

On September 8th, I will embark on a trip that will directly affect this blogspace. I will leave Charlotte-Douglass Airport and arrive in Osaka, Japan two days later. Through Antioch University’s ‘Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions’ program I will live and study in Kyoto for three months. Read More…

Bleh

“Where are to be found the instruments for surmounting the spiritual chaos that threatens to engulf us?” ~Wilhelm Dilthey

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Imperialism, Finance Capital, and World War

Very rarely do theoretically-oriented analyses of historical events prove true. World War I was a different matter. Read More…

Low Hanging Fruit

“I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love.

If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.”

~Walt Whitman Read More…

Harmonized

“To co-operate, in fact, is to share with one another a common task” ~Emile Durkheim Read More…

Modernity

“The market economy is driven by the desire to consume and possess, and this is a major factor in the ecological crisis. Not giving but consuming is the operative ethic. Not “I think, therefore I am,” but “I consume, therefore I am” is the logic of late modernity. For this consumer mentality, the goal is to maximize one’s possession and use of the world’s goods. Not only things but even persons and relationships are turned into commodities. Jacques Derrida raises the question whether it is even possible to give a gift in a world determined by the principle of commodity exchange. what is called a gift is really a contract to receive something in return.”  ~Daniel Migliore Read More…

“Que’est-ce que les sciences sociales” (Je moque)

“Every society is a moral society.” ~Emile Durkheim

In Durkheim’s mountain of a work “The Division of Labor in Society,” he comes to some interesting conclusions about the various laws governing society and the typical functions that hold it all together. But for me, one of the most interesting aspects of this text lies in his methodological approach to the study of social phenomena. Read More…

“Harakiri” (Spoilers)

In 1962, Masaki Kobayashi directed a film with the controversial practice of harakiri, or ritual suicide by disembowelment, as its primary focus. The film operates in 1630s Tokugawa Japan: a time of great social and economic change and uncertainty with repercussions not unlike those Japan experienced after the end of World War II. Read More…

Being-There or Being-such

When reading continental philosophy, I often come across two different terms popular with two different groups of philosophers that mean, essentially, the same thing: “being-there” and “being-such.” Read More…

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