I am currently
living in Hannover, a capital city of Lower Saxony in northern Germany.
From 2009 to 2011 I was a fellow at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover, where I continue to be a guest
researcher. I am also a lecturer at the Insitut
für Philosophie at Universität Hildesheim, where I teach one seminar per
semester in English. Otherwise, I teach
courses in Japanese language (in German) at a community college in Hannover (Volkshochschule Hannover). Sometimes I also do private
sushi catering and make comfort food for those who are sick or recovering (or,
on a happier note, just had a baby and too tired to cook, or breastfeeding).
During 2012 I lead a philosophy seminar (in Japanese) at Kira
Japan in Second Life.
From 1996 to
2007 (1996-2001 as Assistant Professor, 2001-2007 as Associate Professor), I
was a member of the Philosophy Department and Graduate Faculty at the Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco. I was born and
raised in Kamakura, Japan. After my AFS high school exchange student year in 1980
in Del Mar, CA, I moved to the United States in 1982. I received my
B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from San
Diego State University and Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California at Riverside in 1996. During
Fall 97 I was a CNRS research associate at the Ecole des Hautes
Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. My
field of research and interest include modern Japanese philosophy, Chinese philosophy,
19th and 20th Century European philosophy (emphasis in phenomenology),
philosophy of consciousness, ethics, feminism, political philosophy, and
philosophy of race. Other activities I have participated in the past are:
a working group for phenomenology and the cognitive sciences and on the
Advisory Board for the Association
for Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences; the U.S.-Japan Sustainability
Research Team, a collaborative project consisting of scholars, organizers of
Environmental NGO's, and environmental engineers from Japan and the U.S.
In January 2003, I have also taught at Kobe
University as an adjunct professor.
List of publications include:
Pragmatismus: Eine Einführung in das Denken von Cornel West, (With an interview with Cornel
West and Eduardo Mendieta),
by Jürgen Manemann, Yoko Arisaka, Volker Drell, Anna Maria
Hauk. Fink Verlag: 2012.
Ontology: The Origins of the Nishida Philosophy in the Doctrine of
Pure Experience.” International Philosophical Quarterly 30:2.
With Andrew Feenberg. June 1990. pp.
173-205. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism 83.
Group. Detroit: 1999. pp. 304-323.
- “On Heidegger’s Theory of Space: A Critique
of Dreyfus.” Inquiry 38:4. December 1995. pp. 455-467.
- “Spatiality, Temporality, and the Problem
of Foundation in Being and Time.”
Philosophy Today 40:1.
Spring 1996. pp. 36-46.
- “The Nishida Enigma: ‘The Principle of the
New World Order,’” Monumenta Nipponica
1996. pp. 81-99.
- “Beyond East and West: Nishida’s
Universalism and Postcolonial Critique,”The
Review of Politics 59:3. Summer 1997.
pp. 541-560. Reprinted in Border Crossings: Toward a Comparative
Political Theory. Fred Dallmayr, ed. Lexington Books Lanham: 1999. pp.
236-252. (See table of contents of this anthology on Amazon.com.)
and Existence: Nishida's Logic of Place” in Logique
du lieu et depassement
de la modernite. Augustin Berque, ed. Ousia, Brussels: 1999.
the Tea Party,” An interview, in A Parliament of Minds, Michael
Tobias, Patrick Fitzgerald, and David Rothenberg, eds.
SUNY Press: 2000. pp. 212-219. (See description and review fon this anthology on Amazon.com)
- "Asian Women: Invisibility, Locations, and
Claims to Philosophy," in Women of Color
and Philosophy: A Critical Reader, Naomi Zack, ed.
Blackwell: 2000. pp. 219-223. (See editorial review and table of
contents on Amazon.com.)
- “Women and Water: At the Crossroads
of Critical Theory and Technology.”New
Critical Theory: Essays on Liberation.
Jeffrey Paris and William Wilkerson, eds. Rowman and Littlefield. 2001. pp. 155-172.
Ontological Co-Emergence of ‘Self and Other’ in Japanese
Philosophy.” The Journal of Consciousness Studies 8: 5-7. 2001.
and the Female Body: Phenomenology and Feminism” (in Japanese, Sekai-nai-sonzai to josei no
to 21-seiki no Chi. (Phenomenology in the 21st Century) Shoji Nagataki ed. Nakanishiya Shuppan.
and the Phenomenology of Racial Desire.” Passions of the Color
Kim, ed. SUNY Press. 2004
(in Japanese, Touzai
wo koete: Nishida tetsugaku no ichi-zuke wo megutte).
Davis, Bret, and Masakatsu,
Fujita, ed. Sekai
no Naka no Nihon no Tetsugaku (Japanese Philosophy in Global Context). Showa-Do Publ.
Paradox of Dignity: Everyday Racism and the Failure of Multiculturalism“
(click on my name or “zum Aufsatz”
to get to the article) in Ethik und Gesellschaft
Please note that some of the papers above
are not identical to the published versions.
Courses taught at the University of San
Francisco (some syllabi from the past):
Courses taught at the University of
Diversity and Global
Justice (Summer 2010)
Philosophy of Race
Technology (Winter 2011/12)
Philosophy of Emotion
Reading Cornel West:
From Prophetic Pragmatism to Hip Hop (Winter 2012/13)
Nussbaum and the Capabilities
Approach (Summer 2013)
Global Justice and Race: Reading Race, Empire, and the Idea of Human
Globalization: Contemporary Debates (Winter 2013/14)