Condolence: Prof Saito Hiroshi, Philosopher

Good-Bye Professor Saito and thank you again

Prof SAITO Hiroshi passed away in January of this year. He was born in 1931, and he was about to turn 90 years. Dr Saito was leading the study of civilization theory here in Japan and was engaged in the study as a professor at the Department of Civilization, and as Director of the Civilization Research Institute at Tokai University. However, he originally was well-known as a Spinoza researcher. His most remarkable achievement was a new Japanese translation of Ethica, released as one of the volumes “Great books in the world” series, aside from a number of original writings.

In addition to the civilization theory and Spinoza’s philosophy, he also had a wide interest in post-modern philosophy, psychoanalysis, hermeneutics etc, and in 2016 he published, with co-translator Toyomi Iwawaki-Riebel, the Japanese translation of “Die Wiederkehr der Rache” by Prof Schoepf, Wuerzburg, a former fellow student since studying in West Germany. The book shows the theoretical pillars for philosophically wondering why retaliation and war are repeated in the world, and a time of conflict in the Middle East intensifies and the time of publication is overlapped.

On the other saitohand, the new translation and his introduction to Spinoza’s “Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (Theologico-Political Treatise)”, which he has been working on as a life-work, has been continuously undertaken (unfinished, unfortunately).

Having various viewpoints such as philosophy, politics, sociology, and psychoanalysis, we would like to share the way of life of Professor Saito forever,

May his soul rest in peace.

Kazuhiro Yoshida, Publisher
on behalf of Gakuju Shoin KK
4 May 2020







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