What means to be a men in today’s world? Nishitani Keiji’s critic to the Cartesian self

2018 edition

Amanda Sayonara Fernandes Prazeres

My research at University Pompeu Fabra focuses on the way Nishitani Keiji (1900-1990), a Japanese philosopher of the Kyoto School, critiques the Cartesian self as our way of being in the world today. I will concentrate on Nishitani’s answer to the question “What means to be a man in today’s world?”, using it to introduce the category of substance as a core concept in philosophy, the modern’s perspective on the self, and the Japanese attempt to overcome it. This analysis addresses a lack of previous studies, which didn’t take into account Nishitani’s criticism of modern subjectivity as a problem of our time.