Prof. Emeritus Tadashi Ohachi (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Doshisha University)
Prof. Katsuhiro Kohara (School of Theology, Director of the Center for the Study of Conscience, Doshisha University)
Prof. Motoi Wada (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Doshisha University)
Prof. Akira Hayashida (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Doshisha University)
In the late 1880’s, when Joseph H. Neesima was bustling about trying to found Doshisha University, it was still uncommon in Japan to pursue studies in natural science. Convinced of the importance of natural science, which he himself had learned during his days in the U.S., Neesima sent Kotaro Shimomura, one of the first graduates of Doshisha, to the U.S., hoping that he would bring back with him the field of science into Doshisha. With the donation from Sir J.N. Harris, Harris Science School was established by Shimomura to provide the college-level education in science, yet Neesima had already passed away in the preceding year, 1890.
What was the natural science like that Neesima himself learned in the U.S.? We hope to delve into the relations between natural science and Neesima, while also considering his thoughts on conscience.