Kōjin Karatani

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Kōjin Karatani ( Japanese 柄 谷 行人 , Karatani Kōjin , actually Karatani Yohio (柄 谷 善 男); * August 16, 1941 in Amagasaki ) is a Japanese philosopher and literary scholar.

Karatani studied economics and English literature at Tokyo University . He then taught at Hōsei University in Tokyo and worked as a literary critic. For an essay on Natsume Sōseki with the title "Ishiki to shizen: Sōseki shiron" (<意識> と <自然> - 漱 石 試論), for example "" Consciousness "and" Nature "- Essays on Sōseki" he received the Gunzō- Young Talent Award . In 1975 he received a visiting professorship at Yale University , where he a. a. met Paul de Man and Fredric Jameson . Since 1990 he has held a professorship at Columbia University . In 1994 he went back to Japan and was a. o. Professor at Kinki University , then Professor and Visiting Professor at UCLA in 2002 .

In 1980 he published Origins of Modern Japanese Literature in English . With writings such as Architecture as Metaphor: language, number, money and Transcritique: on Kant and Marx , he then turned more to questions of literary theory. With Akira Asada , he edited the quarterly magazine Critical Space until 2002 .


  • S. Noma (Ed.): Karatani Kōjin . In: Japan. An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Kodansha, 1993, ISBN 4-06-205938-X , p. 747.

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