Hosei Erasmus Mundus Program Euro Pholosophy

Hosei Erasmus Mundus Program, Euro Pholosophy - Over the two academic years 2008-9 and 2009-10 at Hosei University, classes for the first semester of "Euro Philosophy", an EU Erasmus Mundus Master Program, have taken the form of one-month intensive lecture series. This is the first instance in Japan of administering such a large-scale intensive lecture series within the Erasmus Mundus Master Program.


Lecture by Professor François

We will continue to take a look at lectures: this time by Professor Arnaud François, held under the cooperation of the Hosei University Graduate School Philosophy Major and the IT Research Center at the Kudan Schoolrooms on 18th April, 2009. (see previous report)

0601_photo.jpgA photo of the lecture by Professor Arnaud François

"Bergson, reader of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche"

Our lecturer, Professor François is a specialist on the philosophy of Bergson as well as that of Schopenhauer, and as the director of "Metaphysics" for the Erasmus Mundus classes, he teaches on Bergson's Creative Evolution. The title of the lecture: "Bergson, reader of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche."

0602_photo.jpgProfessor Arnaud François(left); Chair: Professor Okuda of Faculty of Letters(right);

The lecture shone light on the actual relationship of influence between Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Bergson, who are often handled together under the heading of "Philosophers of Life". Professor François contended that, although it cannot be denied the three have common roots, we see in Bergson indication that Schopenhauer's "volition" degenerates into an empty concept, and also that morals preached by Nietzsche do not escape from arrogance.

0603_photo.jpgA photo of the lecture

Questions and answers continued in lively fashion for over an hour

The audience was made up of not just those associated with French philosophy, but also specialists of German philosophy and British and American philosophy. Due to the stimulating content of the lecture, there were wide-ranging questions and answers that continued in lively fashion for over an hour.

0604_photo.jpgQuestions and answers by Professor François(left); and the audiences(center, right);

The lecture image was transmitted live over the internet

Incidentally, this lecture was carried out using simultaneous interpretation. Participants were handed a receiver as they entered the hall, and with it could choose to listen to the lecture in either Japanese or French. However, unlike usual simultaneous interpretation, the interpreter was seated away from Hosei University in a studio in Akihabara, and the remote lecture system transmitted the sound from there. Despite coming from a remote location, the sound was extremely clear. In addition, the lecture image was transmitted live over the internet.

0605_photo.jpgScene of the remote simultaneous interpretation(left); Image from the live transmission over the internet(right);

In this way, this lecture meeting was also of technological interest thanks to the support of the IT Research Center. As proof of this, you can watch the lecture in moving image now. Anyone who is interested can click on the link below.

Edited by Tsutomu Matsumoto