Division of Department of Global Humanities Department of Chinese Philosophy
We study the culture and philosophy developed by the people of China
In a land so vast you could fit all of Europe in its borders and still have space left, Chinese society has spent centuries building rich and diverse cultures. Chinese philosophy, which is a field of study that relies on close analysis of written sources, seeks to explore specific aspects and distinctive features of these multifaceted cultures and map the points where they coincide with or diverge from cultures in other regions. Tracing the ways of thinking developed in the past, it strives to examine them in detail and reveal their historical significance both in the past and the present. As a system of ideas, Chinese thought has influenced the lifestyles and minds of Japanese people for a very long time, and even now it survives in the foundations of Japanese consciousness. We especially welcome students with a drive to discover what Chinese philosophical writings say about human nature and fate or the ideal state of society. We expect you to closely engage with these writings with the aim of identifying and contemplating differences and common points between distinct ideologies.