鈴木大拙・西田幾多郎記念 金沢大学国際賞 趣意書
Kanazawa University International Award in Commemoration of Daisetz T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida Prospectus

趣意書

 鈴木大拙と西田幾多郎は近代日本を代表する哲学者・思想家です。鈴木大拙は禅を中心とした東洋思想を世界に広めることに大きく貢献するとともに,「霊性の自覚」を仏教の核心ととらえ,それを探求し続けました。西田幾多郎は西田哲学とよばれる独創的な哲学体系を確立し,京都学派に代表される多くの研究者を育てました。西田幾多郎は1940年に,鈴木大拙は1949年に,それぞれ文化勲章を受章しています。

 鈴木大拙と西田幾多郎は,いずれも石川県に生まれ育ち,第四高等学校の前身である第四高等中学校に学びました。金沢という学都がもつ希有なる思想文化の風土が二人をはぐくんだとも言えるでしょう。西田幾多郎は1899年に第四高等学校の教授に任じられ,およそ10年にわたって教鞭を執りました。金沢大学の前身校の一つが第四高等学校で,四高同窓会は金沢大学学友会に統合され,今日に至っています。

 本国際賞は,金沢大学にゆかりをもつ鈴木大拙と西田幾多郎に因み,臼井溢氏(昭和39年金沢大学医学部卒業)のご篤志を原資として設けられました。本国際賞の目的は,哲学・思想・宗教を中心とする分野で,国際的に卓越した業績を挙げた研究者を顕彰し,これにより,当該分野の研究の一層の進展を促すとともに,次代を担う若手研究者に対して大きな学問的刺激を与えることです。

 関係機関・団体ならびに各位には,本国際賞の趣旨をご理解いただき,ご協力賜りますよう,お願い申し上げます。

 

Prospectus

Daisetz T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida are two of the most prominent philosophers and thinkers of modern Japan. Daisetz T. Suzuki made major contributions to the introduction of Eastern thought, particularly Zen, all over the world. He pursued a lifelong quest for spiritual awareness, recognizing it as the core of Buddhism. Kitaro Nishida, the originator of a unique philosophical movement, educated numerous scholars and researchers in what came to be known as the “Kyoto School.” Nishida won the Order of Culture in 1940, and Suzuki won the same in 1949.

Both Suzuki and Nishida were born and raised in Ishikawa Prefecture and studied at the Fourth Advanced Middle School, the predecessor of the Fourth High School established in Kanazawa City under Japan’s former education system. That these two great talents both appeared in Kanazawa can be put down to the city’s history as an academic center characterized by a unique spiritual climate and a culture based on thought and philosophy. In 1899, Kitaro Nishida was appointed a professor at the Fourth High School, where he taught for around 10 years. The Fourth High School is one of the predecessors of Kanazawa University, and the Fourth High School alumni association has been consolidated into the Kanazawa University Alumni Association.

The Kanazawa University International Award in Commemoration of Daisetz T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida (the “KUI Award”) has been founded in tribute to Daisetz T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida, both of whom are associated with Kanazawa University, with funds donated by Dr. Mitsuru Usui (a class of 1964 graduate of Kanazawa University’s School of Medicine). The KUI Award is intended to honor scholars or researchers who are making internationally distinguished achievements in the realm of philosophy, thought and religion, and thereby to facilitate advancement of the University’s research and studies in this realm and inspire and motivate the next generation of young scholars and researchers.

Kanazawa University asks all relevant organizations and persons for their understanding regarding the intent of the KUI Award and their cooperation in its implementation.