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Watsuji Tetsuro's Rinrigaku
Ethics in Japan
Watsuji Tetsuro's Rinrigaku
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Watsuji Tetsuro - Author
Seisaku Yamamoto - Translator
Robert E. Carter - Translator
SUNY series in Modern Japanese Philosophy
Price: $61.50 
Hardcover - 393 pages
Release Date: October 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-3093-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3093-4

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Paperback - 393 pages
Release Date: October 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-3094-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3094-1

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Watsuji's Rinrigaku (literally, the principles that allow us to live in friendly community) has been regarded as the definitive study of Japanese ethics for half a century.

“Robert Carter has produced a wonderfully clear and lucid translation of Watsuji Tetsuro's masterpiece, Rinrigaku. Long known by comparative philosophers as a centerpiece of modern Japanese philosophical tradition, Carter has now made this work accessible to Western students and scholars. For anyone who is a serious student of Heidegger, this work is a must read!”—David Edward Shaner, Furman University

Watsuji Tetsuro's Rinrigaku (literally, the principles that allow us to live in friendly community) has been regarded as the definitive study of Japanese ethics for half a century. In Japan, ethics is the study of human being or ningen. As an ethical being, one negates individuality by abandoning one's independence from others. This selflessness is the true meaning of goodness.

“Here we have a major treatise by a sophisticated thinker who self-consciously wished to provide a distinctly 'Asian' alternative to Western ethical systems--systems he and others saw as conceptually flawed and culturally ethnocentric. Long-suppressed questions about the assumed universalizability of some of the West's most privileged moral modes are posed in and through this work. The study both of comparative ethics and of comparative societies will necessarily be much enriched and enlivened by it.”—From the Foreword by William R. LaFleur

Robert Carter is Professor of Philosophy at Trent University. Yamamoto Seisaku teaches at the Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Osaka, Japan.


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Table of Contents

Foreword
William R. LaFleur
Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader
Introduction
Robert E. Carter

Part I. Introductory Essays
Chapter One The Significance of Ethics as the Study of Ningen
Chapter Two The Method of Ethics as the Study of Ningen

Part II. The Fundamental Structure of Human Existence
Chapter Three The Everyday Fact as a Starting Point
Chapter Four Individual Moments Making Up Human Existence
Chapter Five The Element of the Whole in a Human Being
Chapter Six The Negative Structure of a Human Being
Chapter Seven The Fundamental Law of a Human Being (The Basic Principle of Ethics)

Part III. The Spatio-Temporal Structure of a Human Being
Chapter Eight Private and Public Existence
Chapter Nine The Spatiality of a Human Being
Chapter Ten The Temporality of Ningen Sonzai
Chapter Eleven The Mutual Relation of Spatiality and Temporality
Chapter Twelve The Acts of Ningen
Chapter Thirteen Trust and Truth
Chapter Fourteen The Good and Bad of Ningen: Guilt and Conscience

Appendix: Correspondence with Yuasa Yasuo
Interpretive Essay: Strands of Influence
Robert E. Carter
Notes
Glossary of Japanese Terms
Bibliography of Works About Watsuji
Indexes


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