Framing the Self. The Philosophical Dimensions of Human Nature in Kokoro Author(s): David Pollack Reviewed work(s): Source: Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 43, No. 4 (Winter, 1988), pp. 417-427 Published by: Sophia University Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2384795 . Accessed: 10/12/2012 12:11 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp
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Framing Self the
of Dimensions Human The Philosophical Naturein Kokoro
by DAVID POLLACK
RYONOSUKE FPILEkTh oftenthoughtof as the represenis KUTAGAWA an end tativeTaisho author,his suicidein 1927 marking appropriate a to thatera withitsgeneralmalaise and senseof indirection, crisisof faithabout what the future mightbringsummedup in Akutagawa's famous is forebodingof 'vague anxiety'.1The genius of Natsume Soseki 9 H* his felt similarly to lie in largepartin his successin identifying own severepersonal problemswiththose thatpreoccupiedMeiji Japan: who am I? What is
my place in the world?2
The span of Soseki's life, 1867-1916, is indeed nearlythat of the Meiji of period,duringwhichJapan began to adopt the values and institutions the one aspect of the Westernworld. If for Japanesehe has always represented characters 'Meiji man', however,it is not because his fictional...
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