The 117th RIHN seminar

You are warmly invited to the upcoming RIHN Seminar:

Date: September 14th, 2015 (Monday) 15:00 - 17:00
Place: Lecture hall, RIHN( → Access)
Lecturer: Augustin Berque,
born in 1942, Rabat, Morocco, is a French geographer, Orientalist and philosopher. He is professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris (EHESS). His specialist field of interest is Japan. Berque has developed an extensive array of concepts in order to grasp the complex nature of relations between natural and physical objects and the way we conceive of nature.
Title: The perspectives of mesology as an integrated study of the human environment (in Japanese)
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Contact: Center for Research Promotion: Emmanuel MARES E-mail


Mésologie (mesology), a word created in 1848 by Charles Robin, is here understood in the sense of Uexküll’s Umweltlehre and Watsuji’s fudoron (風土論)。It differs from ecology in that it considers as the first condition of milieu (as distinct from environment) the selfhood of the concerned being, whether human (in Watsuji’s case), animal (in Uexküll’s case) or living in general (in the present case). This lecture presents the main ontological and logical requirements of mesology, the main related concepts, and what they can concretely imply in some present debates.