- 関西大学東西学術研究所紀要 (ISSN:02878151)
- vol.51, pp.A79-A100, 2018-04-01
Shusaku Arakawa (1936-2010) - a modern artist - and Madeline Gins (1942-2014) - a poet - interacted with numerous scientists, thinkers and philosophers, attempting to integrate science and philosophy into art. Among such scientists was Eugene Gendlin (1926-2017), a world-renowned advocate for focusing-oriented psychotherapy. Although it was known that Gendlin was writing a paper on Arakawa and Gins, until recently little was understood about what kind of interests Arakawa and Gins had in the Gendlin philosophy. In 2017, I examined manuscripts by Arakawa and Gins, which revealed that Eugene Gendlin had close academic relationships with Arakawa and Gins. Arakawa and Gins were interested in the function of blanks in poetry studied by Gendlin and David Kolb; Arakawa and Gins made notes on this, to which I succeeded in gaining access. This article focuses mainly on the arguments between Gendlin and Kolb, discussing the function of blanks in poetry and expanding on descriptions of the reasons for their different views on it. My purpose is to further advance the study of manuscripts by Arakawa and Gins. Kolb believes that the two categories of 1) symbols and 2) blanks represent felt meaning, and that they are independent discrete concepts that interact with each other, whereas Gendlin believes that these two categories are presented a priori, and that they do not interact with each other or provide support as discrete entities.