Aim: This workshop aims to explore the potentials of philosophy of Dōgen. An international team of philosophers, logicians and Buddhologists will closely work together to make his ideas as viable philosophical options for contemporary metaphysics, theory of self and social ethics. Among participants are world’s frontrunners of analytic Asian philosophy.
Yasuo Deguchi (Kyoto University)
Jay Garfield (Smith College & Harvard University)
Graham Priest (City University of New York) & Filippo Casati (Kyoto University)
Robert Sharf (University of California, Berkeley)
9:15—10:30 Robert Sharf “Mind in World, World in Mind: Why Paradox Is Inescapable”
10:45—12:00 Yasuo Deguchi “Self as Anyone: Dōgen viewed from analytic Asian philosophy”
13:30—14:45 Jay Garfield “Dining on Painted Rice Cakes”
15:00—16:15 Filippo Casati and Graham Priest “Heideggar and Dōgen on the Ineffable” Part I
16:30—17:45 Filippo Casati and Graham Priest “Heideggar and Dōgen on the Ineffable” Part II
Roberts Sharf (University of California, Berkeley)
Title: Mind in World, World in Mind: Why Paradox Is Inescapable
Yasuo Deguchi (KyotoUniversity)
Title: Self as Anyone: Dōgen viewed from analytic Asian philosophy
Abstract: “Self” is among key concepts of Dōgen, a thirteenth century Japanese Zen master. This talk will interpret his philosophy of self from perspectives of Analytic Asian Philosophy. On my reading, Dōgen’s ideas imply the following philosophical stances: Buddha-nature tropism, Eventism, Presentism, Hecism, and Solipsism. Against those philosophical backgrounds, he holds, I claim, the replaceable view of self, according to which self is taken as anyone.
Jay Garfield (Smith College and Harvard University)
Title: Dining on Painted Rice Cakes
Abstract: Dōgen is often explicitly commitment to paradox, not as a kind of upāya to bring one up short, but as a way of saying how reality must be. Here we consider a few such passages from his lectures in Shōbōgenzō. We will see how and why Dōgen takes there to be fundamental contradictions in language, thought, and reality.
Filippo Casati (Kyoto University) and Graham Priest (City University of New York)
Title: Heideggar and Dōgen on the Ineffable
Abstract: Many writers have commented on connections between the work of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and Chan/Zen Buddhism—a school of Buddhism originating in China around the 6th Century. In this essay, we will explore one aspect of that connection, drawing on the work of the Japanese Zen philosopher Dōgen Kigen (1200-1253). Heidegger held that being is ineffable, and Dōgen held that ultimate reality is ineffable. Now, ineffability is an extreme form of indeterminacy: if something is ineffable it transcends any determinacy whatsoever. However, there is an obvious contradiction involved in talking about the ineffable, as do both Heidegger and Dōgen. Indeed, even to say that something transcends all determinacy is to give it a determination. Though Heidegger and Dōgen’s concerns are, prima facie, completely different, we will show that they both responded to the contradiction (or came to respond to it) in exactly the same way: they were dialetheists about the matter. Not only did they endorse the contradiction in question; they both, in much the same sense, endorsed the necessary entanglement of the speech of effability and the silence of ineffability. Finally, by looking at the work of Nishitani Keiji (1900-1990), we will show that the thoughts of Dōgen and Heidegger converge in the fact that the subject of the contradiction for both is, in fact, nothingness.
The workshop is organized within a scheme of Topic-setting program to Advance Cutting-Edge Humanities and Social Sciences (Global Initiatives), JSPS.
The workshop is organized by Yasuo Deguchi, Nayuta Miki, Hitoshi Omori, and Takuro Onishi. If you would like to attend this workshop, please contact Takuro (research assistant) at takuro [dot] onishi [at]gmail [dot] com