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Hermeneutics Of Emplacement: On Places, Cuts, And Promises

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The spatial underpinnings of Nishida Kitarō's (1870-1945) theory of time are an essential guide to a reassessment of the importance that the concepts of space and place have played, and continue to play in Japan. If place in the form of basho plays a major role in Nishida's thought, one inevitably expects from him the development of a spatial theory of temporality. This chapter discusses the spatial elements of Nishida's notion of time. The eternal nature of time is underscored in Plato's theory of temporality. The association of Japan with nature and of artificiality with an "other" coming from the outside are the structural elements of kire-elements which become suspicious because of the artificial associations inherited from centuries of nativist discourses. O-yakusoku is the mechanism that creates the pleasure deriving from understanding.

Keywords: basho; kire; Nishida Kitarō's; O-yakusoku



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