The Contemporary Significance of the Philosophy of Miki Kiyoshi

December 17th, Saturday

令和4年12月17日 (土)


Kyoto University, Yoshida South Campus, Building 1, room 24


Organized by Dr. Stephen Lofts, Dr. Fernando Wirtz, MA. Norihito Nakamura with the institutional support of Dr. Niels Weidtmann (president of the CIIS and the GIP).

With the financial support of Toshiba Foundation.

Language: English

In the last few years, there has been a growing interest in the work of Miki Kiyoshi (1897-1945). A prominent member of the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy founded by Nishida Kitarō (1870-1945), Miki was a prolific philosopher and militant socio-political thinker. His philosophy provides a bold and original account of the human that seeks to establish the ground for a critical and creative politics. Once seen only as a student of Nishida, Miki is now recognized to have in fact exerted a great influence on the development of Nishida’s philosophy and thus on the Kyoto School.

Miki’s work provides us with a philosophy of ‘action’ and ‘creation.’ Miki was convinced of the critical role of philosophy in the critical question not only of authority but of the self, and in this way in the fundamental transformation of the socio-political sphere. His existential philosophy did not admit metaphysical presuppositions and challenged both naturalism and romantic mysticism which he saw as the root of fascism.


This workshop is part of a series of events that seek to highlight the philosophical importance of Miki Kiyoshi. Together with the Toshiba Foundation and the Society for Intercultural Philosophy, we are also planning the first collection of critical essays on Miki's philosophy.




December 17h, Saturday

8:15-9:00          Welcome words

9:00-10:15         John Krummel, “Miki's Logic of the Imagination"


10:30-11:30       Yoko Arisaka, “Miki Kiyoshi’s concept of Everydayness”

11:30-12:30       Stephen Lofts, “Miki Kiyoshi and his Philosophical Constellation”


12:45-13:00       Adma Emanuelle Gama, “Critical intervention”



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