HERMITISM AND IMPERMANENCE: A RESPONSE TO NAGASAWA’S ARGUMENT ON TRANSCENDENTALISM IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN

Masahiro Morioka*

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Abstract

Nagasawa argues that only transcendentalism can constitute a potentially successful response to the problem of impermanence. In this review, I argue that Chōmei’s hermitism can be another realistic strategy to respond to it. Chōmei lived in a small house in the remote mountains and interacted with the surrounding nature. His lifestyle is considered a good example of reconciling one’s finite life with the impermanence of the world and human sufferings. I conclude that Nagasawa’s interpretation of hermitism might be one-sided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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