Vol. 40 No. 1 (2020): Patterns of Contemporary Nihilism
Articles

Think Rationally but Feel Spiritually A Nihilistic Dualism in Modern Japan

Tsunafumi Takeuchi
Ryukoku University, Kyoto

Published 2020-06-01

Keywords

  • dualism,
  • nihilism,
  • Japan,
  • Nietzsche,
  • Löwith

How to Cite

Takeuchi, T. (2020). Think Rationally but Feel Spiritually A Nihilistic Dualism in Modern Japan. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 40(1), 137–146. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v40i1.94

Abstract

In this paper, I would like to deal with “nihilistic dualism”. I will first clarify what “nihilistic dualism” is according to Nietzsche (§1). Then, I will introduce its appearance in Japan in modern times (§2) and then its appearance in contemporary Japan (§3). With regard to the former (that is, modern Japanese nihilism), I will discuss a split in Japan between tradition and modernization as seen through Karl Löwith’s eyes. With regard to the latter, I would like to discuss the religious self-understanding called “non-religious” in contemporary Japan.