Zdenka Švarcová

Univerzita Karlova v Praze

Logic and Emotion in Japanese Culture. Chikamatsu Monzaemon: The Love Suicide at Double-ringed Well

_1 Giri (“righteousness”) and ninjō (“affection”)_2 are two Sino-Japanese compounds that are to be analyzed in a broader context of semantic units referring to human relations and mental attitudes as well as in the context of the specific contents and conceptuality of their components (gi, ri; nin, )._3 While in a human being’s mind giri and ninjō could be considered belonging to the semantic nests of decency and kindness mutually related on the principle of soto/uchi (“out