Assistant Professor ENDO Kenju

Affiliations :

  • Graduate School Faculty of Arts and Letters
  • Division of Department of Integrated Human Sciences
  • Philosophy and Ethics Course
  • Department of Philosophy

My research focuses on Karl Löwith, a German philosopher of the first half of the 20th century. One of the first adepts of Heidegger’s philosophy, Löwith had to leave his homeland, Germany, shortly before World War II because of his Jewish origins (at one point in his exile his wanderings took him to Sendai, and for a while he taught at Tohoku University). This experience kindled his urge to understand the contemporary crisis that shaped his entire philosophical outlook. He aimed to review the conditions necessary for peaceful coexistence and to explain why Germany had suffered the total breakdown of these conditions. Löwith was particularly concerned with relations between three problematic domains: politics, religion, and philosophy. The legacy of his work was shaped by the circumstances of the time he lived in, but many of its aspects are still relevant today. I am sure we have a lot to learn from Löwith’s writings.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Personal History
    Born 1980, Miyagi Prefecture

    Received a B.A. in philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Completed the doctoral program in philosophy at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    2014 Received a Ph.D. in literature at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University

    Apr 2018 Appointed to current position

    Ph.D. (Literature)
    Philosophy; Ethics; History of Social Thought
    Research Subject
    Studies in 20th century philosophy focusing on Karl Löwith
    Philosophy of history; secularization; hermeneutics
    The Japanese Society for Ethics; The Society for the History of Social Thoughts; Japanese Society of Existential Thought; The Philosophical Society of Tohoku; etc.
  • Academic Papers