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Yutaka Higashiguchi Last modified date:2023.11.22

Associate Professor / Art Studies
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Humanities

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

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Academic Degree
Doctor of Letters
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Outline Activities
I am studying the relation between music and nature in aesthetics. Particularly, I take notice of the thought of Th. W. Adorno, who re-thought a problem of natural beauty as a central theme. Based on these studies on the history of ideas in modern aesthetics, I propose importance to think of today's problems, based not on "environment", but on "nature".
For education, I gvie lectures and seminars on aesthetics, modern culture, music, photography, and AR.
Research Interests
  • The Similarity between Nature and Music in aesthetics of Th. W. Adorno
    keyword : Th.W.Adorno, Music, Nature, Mimesis, Aesthetics
    2002.05Study on the Similarity between Nature and Music in the Thought of Th.W. Adorno.
Academic Activities
1. Yutaka Higashiguchi, Can AR Technologies Have an Impact of the Definition of Art?, AM Journal of Art and Media Studies,, 20, 97-103, 2019.10, AR seems to be one of the most advanced and near-future technologies that produce new experiences and values that have never been before. However, both AR and art have a common means of engaging the senses. Thus, the problem of where the borderline between AR and art exists should come into question. In order to consider how AR will have an influence on the definition and the significance of art, this study analyses real and fictional elements in AR and art. AR requires the physical field where sensory information mediated by computer is projected. Consequently, viewers perceive the mixed image of real things and those not existing before eyes, that is fiction. Art also needs a real environment where the fictional world is opened. Though art and AR have something in common, there are crucial differences between them. AR technologies include the firm aim of erasing fictional elements that remain as ever in spite of their accurate representation. On the other hand, art attempts to preserve a fictional area within the real world. From the comparison of AR and art, it will come to light that whether there is the frame or not plays an important role in deciding what is art or what is reality. While AR reduces fictionality from a multi-layered scene to enrich a real experience, art cuts fiction from a present scene to idealize the real world. In this way, they constitute a dialectical circle and mediate new reality through fictional images from the reverse direction..
2. On the "Silence" in Th. W. Adorno's Theory of Musical Language.
3. On the unfortunate but productive Relationship between Cinema and German Idealism.
4. Th. W. Adorno on Dissonance: A Study of his Philosophy of New Music..
5. Th.W.Adorno on "promesse du bonheur".
6. Yutaka Higashiguchi, The Aesthetics of Periphery without Center
--A New foundation of the Aesthetics of Nature, International Yearbook of Aesthetics, Vol.5, pp.71-79, 2002.03.
7. Th.W.Adorno on the Natural Character of Artworks.
8. Negative Dialectics and Mimesis in Adorno.
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Membership in Academic Society
  • Schelling-Gesellschaft Japan
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Educational Activities
Graduate Course
Topics in Aesthetics
Seminars in Aesthetics
Guidance on Thesis

Undergraduate Course
Lectures on Aesthetics and History of Art
Seminars in Aesthetics and History of Art
Foundations of the Humanities I
 The Humanities III