Associate Professor KIDO Atsushi

Affiliations :

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

Discovering the essence of philosophy in conceptual constructs

The core of my research lies in exploring the structure and history of critical philosophy developed by the 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant. As I slowly, thoroughly read his writings, starting with the Three 'Critiques' (the Critique of Pure Reason, the Critique of Practical Reason and the Critique of Judgment), and reassemble each concept in my head, it seems sometimes that I have found the essence of Kant’s philosophical insight within these conceptual constructs and mastered it. Whenever this happens, I am filled with unparalleled exhilaration. It goes without saying that these exiting insights vanish without trace once removed from the net of interconnected concepts. This might be the most vexing, yet the most alluring trait of philosophy.
Besides Kant, my studies include the history of modern philosophy, covering the range from the modern metaphysics of the 17th century, through the philosophy of the Enlightenment in the 18th century, to German idealism and Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings in the 19th century. Studying the history of philosophy, you can look at the same phenomenon through the eyes of numerous philosophers – in other words, from a myriad of angles – moreover, you relive the surge of modern philosophical thought on an epochal scale. Here I find the greatest appeal of this research.

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  • Personal History
    Born 1972.

    1995 Received a B.A. in philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    1999 Left the doctoral program in philosophy at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University

    1999 Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, Niigata University
    2003 Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Niigata University
    2015 Appointed to current position
    Ph.D. (Tohoku University, 2013)
    History of Modern Philosophy; Kant's Philosophy
    The Philosophical Association of Japan; The Japanese Society for Ethics; The Japanese Kant Association
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