Takahiro Nakajima



Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo


Takahiro is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia and the Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo. His research focus is oriented towards East Asian philosophy in the comparative context of inter-East Asian and Western Philosophy, and World Philosophy by seeking for the “universalizing.” Previously, he was editor in chief of the International Journal of Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary, English-language forum for research in the humanities and social sciences. Today, he is director of the East Asian Academy for New Liberal Arts, University of Tokyo, where projects on world philosophy, world literature, and world history are carried out with young talented scholars.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Takahiro was involved in the program “The Human Condition in the 21st Century”.


What gives you hope?
It is definitely the younger generation.

How does change happen?
Critical engagement with the given situation by creating new concepts will cause change.

What is human?
It is human co-becoming rather than human being.


“Takeuchi Yoshimi and Civilization”, in: Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2021

“Confucian Modernity in Japan: Religion and the State”, in: Journal of Japanese Philosophy, 2020

“Constitutionalism and Sovereignty: On Constitutional Problems in Japan”, in: Telos, 2019

Practicing Philosophy between China and Japan, 2011

The Chinese Turn in Philosophy, 2007

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