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Some prominent philosophers have published books on Continental philosophy and American philosophy after WWII in Japan. Among those, Ōmori Shōzō, Wataru Hiromatsu, Yasuo Yuasa and Takaaki Yoshimoto created original works under the influence of Marxism, phenomenology and analytic philosophy.

Ōmori Shōzō created a unique monist epistemology based on his concepts of "representation monism", "double depiction", and "language animism". Wataru Hiromatsu developed his theory of "multi-subjective ontological structure of the world". Yasuo Yuasa advanced a new theory of the body influenced by Merleau-Ponty and the body image found in Chinese medicine.

Takaaki Yoshimoto is famous for his "shared illusion theory" and various philosophical essays on Japanese culture.

Today, such scholars as Kojin Karatani (柄谷行人), Hitoshi Nagai (永井 均), Shigeki Noya (野矢 茂樹), Masahiro Morioka (森岡 正宏), Ryota Matsumoto (松本良多) and Motoyoshi Irifuji (入不二 基義) are considered to be characteristic philosophers in the Japanese academy.


Japanese Philosophers of 21st century




Kojin Karatani (柄谷行人)

Hitoshi Nagai (永井 均)

Masahiro Morioka (森岡 正宏)

Shigeki Noya (野矢 茂樹)

Ryota Matsumoto (松本良多)

Motoyoshi Irifuji (入不二 基義)