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Body ‒ Tradition ‒ Expression. Remarks om Japanese Culture
Body ‒ Tradition ‒ Expression. Remarks om Japanese Culture

Author(s): Leszek Sosnowski
Subject(s): Philosophy, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Non-European Philosophy, Aesthetics, East Asian Philosophy
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: Europe;Japan;culture;body;expression

Summary/Abstract: The way the Japanese attribute the meaning to their world and how it becomes under-standable to them seems particularly attractive. This attitude underlies the fundamen-tal difference between the European and Japanese culture. A Westerner seeks to fully disclose the world, unveiling all its secrets. Accordingly, various strategies to achieve this goal have been developed in the Western culture, leading to different results. All scientific (philosophical) and non-scientific (commonsense) stands share a common conviction that truth is a Holy Grail of cognition, and that it is equally unattainable. The Japanese have been shaped by three religions: Shinto, Buddhism and Confucian-ism, and these regulate every aspect of their private as well as social functioning. An internal participant has no difficulties to adjust to the requirements of a particular re-ligion. Likewise, the truth also acquires different meanings depending on the context. For an external observer, however, the overlapping of these diverse domains of life creates a problem, as it results in an original but complicated culture.

  • Issue Year: 32/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 187-198
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English