The philosopher and former president of Osaka University, Kiyokazu Washida has been appointed as the director of the Sendai Mediatheque in Sendai. Born in Kyoto in 1949, Washida specializes in clinical philosophy and ethics, but has also written about aesthetics as well. He joined Osaka University as an associate professor in 1992 and became the president of the same in 2007. In September 2011 he joined the philosophy faculty of Otani University. Major works include “Kiku” koto no chikara – Rinshou tetsugaku shiron (The Power of Listening: An Essay on Clinical Philosophy), awarded the Kuwabara Takeo Prize in 2000, and Modo no meikyu (The Labyrinth of Fashion), which received the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities, History and Civilization in 1989.
On April 29, a talk event with Sendai mayor Emiko Okuyama will be held on the occasion of Washida assuming his new position. Addressing the theme “The Age of Followership,” the pair will discuss social issues, the possibilities for dialogue and collaboration, and youth participation in society after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011.
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