Project Description


Itsuki Hayashi received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2013. He specializes in the philosophy of identity and persistence in 8th century Indian Buddhism and modern Japanese philosophy, the Kyoto School in particular. His dissertation, “Rehabilitating Momentariness”, critically analyzes arguments for and against the Buddhist doctrine of impermanence in the Indian debates, and explores ways in which the doctrine would enrich discussion in contemporary metaphysics and Japanese philosophy. Itsuki’s current research examines the Kyoto School’s philosophy of death, with a focus on its incorporation of the Buddhist conception of time in surmounting existential problems associated with death. Itsuki’s recent publications include: “Can Flux bring about Flux?”, Journal of Indian Philosophy (forthcoming); “Persons as Weakly Emergent”, Philosophy East and West 66:4 (October 2016); and “Momentariness and Temporal Divisibility”, Hikaku Shiso Kenkyu (2016).

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