SEKISUI HOUSE - KUMA LAB
Lecture Series 2020 Fall "Nature"
"Doubleness of the human world"
Masatake Shinohara 篠原 雅武
Masatake Shinohara was born in 1975 in Kanagawa Prefecture. After graduating from the Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University, he went on studying at the Graduate School of Human and Environment Studies of the same university for a doctoral program.
He currently serves as a program-specific associate professor at the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability at Kyoto University.
His work explores the philosophical consideration of public space and the current ecological thought. In 2016, he participated in Venice biennale as a vice-curator of Japan pavilion and contributed to formulating the main conception of “En.”His recent publication includes “Rethinking the Human Condition in the Ecological Collapse,” CR: The New Centennial Review 20, no. 2, 2020.
About the lecture:
In the current ecological crisis, we are aware of the subterranean reality underneath the human lifeworld. This is to say that the otherness of the human condition is disclosed outside of the human lifeworld. It belongs to another kind of reality, that is to say, the underworld of things, which remain on the edge of the human lifeworld. In this lecture, I try to designate the human condition as a contradictory character in a way that it is simultaneously human and nonhuman. This is to say that it is possible to consider the human condition as the realm, which is constituted by the contradictory double character. This quest for the doubleness of the world resonates with the current intellectual trend which criticizes the blindness to the status of the Earth beneath the surface of the human lifeworld, and suggests that instead of retrieving the totality of Nature, one should seek the underworld that is buried within the human lifeworld.