Part of the series “Chasing Consciousness: From Cells to Societies, Neuroscience to Machine Awareness”

Speaker: Yuko Ishihara (Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen)

Moderated by: Christopher Stawski (University of Pennsylvania)

In the mesmerizing experience of the moon, glimmering so impressively in the dark sky, is there a self? Am *I* there in such experience prior to reflection and thoughts about the moon? Most of the Western philosophical tradition has contended that I *am* there however implicit it may be. Nishida Kitaro, the most influential Japanese philosopher of the last century, has argued otherwise. In the moment of that experience, there is not yet subject or object, I or moon. There is absolutely no-thing but the beauty of the “moon” actualizing itself through “me.” Join philosopher Yuko Ishihara (Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen) as she elaborates on how Nishida points to the very ground of our experience whereby we awaken to the most direct encounter with reality.

Friday, December 2, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Art Lounge of the Rubin Museum of Art 

Photo credit: Luis Tsukayama Cisneros