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Jun Tosaka

Jun Tosaka

Jun Tosaka (戸坂 潤 Tosaka Jun, 27 September 1900 – 9 August 1945[1]) was a Shōwa era Japanese intellectual. He was born in Tokyo in 1900. He attended Kyoto Imperial University with the intention of pursuing a career as a physicist. He became attracted to the philosophy of Nishida Kitaro, and Tanabe Hajime. After a year of military service, Tosaka became a teacher. By the late 1920s, he was drawn from neo-Kantianism to Marxism. He became a co-founder of the Society for the Study of Materialism. He was one of member of the Kyoto School. In 1934, Tosaka was dismissed from his teaching position for "seditious thought". In 1938, he was arrested under the Peace Preservation Law. He died in Nagano Prison before the end of World War II.[2]


  1. ^ "Tosaka Jun". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shinbun. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ William Theodore De Bary (April 13, 2005). Sources of Japanese Tradition: Volume 2, 1600 to 2000. Columbia University Press. p. 932. 

Further reading

  • Ken C. Kawashima, Fabian Schäfer, Robert Stolz (2013). Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader. Cornell University East Asia Program. 
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