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Kumekawa - ART - Goethe’s Theory of Colors and Traditional Japanese Dye

Pubblicato: Mercoledì 9 dicembre 2020 da Alessandro Giovanni Bertinetto

ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) Philosophical Seminar 

Prof. Mario Kumekawa 

(Keio University, Tokyo)


December, 16th at 4 p.m.



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Goethe’s  Theory of Colors and Traditional Japanese Dye



Ms. Fukumi Shimura, who dyes textile in the traditional Japanese way, is an important artisan who is designated as a living national treasure by the government.  Interestingly enough, she has long studied Goethe's color-theory and has applied Goethe's view of nature to dyeing. Goethe himself wrote: "It is the dyer who benefits most from my color theory. In this lecture, I would like to introduce Ms. Shimura's work and discuss how Goethe's color theory is applied to it.



Mario Kumekawa is a professor of German literature at Keio University, Tokyo Japan. He was born in a small town named Tochigi, Japan, and has studied German literature at Keio university and works since 2004 as a professor. He works also as a sports-journalist.   2012-13 visiting scholar at the Free University of Berlin. Fields of Research: Poetic and scientific works by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Kumekawa is since 2007 president of Japanese Society for Goethean Science. He works also as a sports-journalist.   





ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) is a periodic philosophical seminar organized by the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin and the the PhD Program FINO.


Prof. Alessandro Bertinetto (University of Turin). 

Prof. Federico Vercellone (University of Turin). 



Dr. Paolo Furia (University of Turin). 

Dr. Lisa Giombini (University Rome 3). 

Dr. Gregorio Tenti (FINO Doctoral School). 

Dr. Alice Iacobone (FINO Doctoral School)


ART addresses different topics of the contemporary debate in Aesthetics: philosophy of beauty, philosophy of the arts, theory of sensory experience, philosophy of image and imagination, and history of aesthetics.

ART is supported by:
Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Morfologia Francesco Moiso (CIM)
Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale di Logica, Linguaggio e Cognizione (LLC)
Centro Studi Arti della Modernità

Centro Studi Filosofico-religiosi "Luigi Pareyson"
Laboratorio di Ontologia (Labont)


ART is sponsored by: 
Italian Society for Aesthetics (SIE) 
European Society for Aesthetics (ESA)


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