jeudi 1 septembre 2016

Conférence de Matthias Hayek

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Nichibunken Evening Seminar on Japanese Studies (210th meeting), September 8, 2016 (Thursday), 4:30 P.M – 6:00 P.M.
Speaker: Matthias Hayek

Title: Looking for ‘Correct’ Knowledge in Early Edo Japan: Baba Nobutake’s Critic and Defense of Various Theories (Shosetsu bendan 所説辨断, 1715) and Its Context

Language: English
Place: Seminar Room 2, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 3-2 Oeyama-cho, Goryo, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192
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Between the years 1640 and 1730, amid the general trend toward a disclosure of classic knowledge through commercially printed books, we can see the emergence of a subgenre conveniently labeled as “critical essays” (kōshō zuihitsu 考証随筆)by Shiraishi Yoshio. These works, some of them in Chinese, some of them in vernacular, written by scholars of different obediences (Buddhist, Confucian, Shintō scholars, etc.), share a common goal. By picking up existing discourses about various topics (legends, beliefs, linguistics, customs) and discussing their validity on philological grounds, they aimed to distinguish a “correct” knowledge from a “mistaken” one.
This talk will try to shed a new light on the specificities of this little studied genre by presenting the contents of one of these essays, that of Baba Nobutake (?-1715), a Kyoto polymath, which was published the year of his death: Shosetsu bendan 諸説辨 断. We will see how Baba’views on such topics as hell, the stars, or the origin of the gods, fueled by his knowledge in astronomy, classical phonology, and divination, clashed, or not, with other authors, and if so, on what grounds they did, ultimately raising the question of the criteria of the “correctness” of knowledge before the appearance of the Kokugaku and Rangaku schools.
About the speaker: 
Matthias Hayek is an Associate Professor at Paris Diderot University, France, and a member of the Research Center on East-Asian Civilizations. His research deals with the history and sociology of Japanese beliefs and knowledges, with a focus on early modern books on divination and magic, their contents, authors and reception.  A Visiting Research Scholar at Nichibunken, he is currently working on late-17th-early-18th century encyclopedias and essays.

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