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Watsuji Tetsurô's global ethics of emptiness : a contemporary look at a modern Japanese philosopher / Anton Luis Sevilla.
Sevilla, Anton Luis
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 
xxxiii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Watsuji, Tetsurō, 1889-1960
Global political thinkers
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This book is a rethinking of ethics and socio-political life through the ideas of Watsuji Tetsurô. Can we build a systematic philosophy of morality, society, and politics, not on the basis of identity and ego, but rather on the basis of selflessness? This book explores such an attempt by the leading ethicist of modern Japan. Using concrete examples and contemporary comparisons, and with careful reference to both English and Japanese sources, it guides the reader through Watsuji's ideas. It engages three contemporary issues in depth: First, how do we approach the moral agent, as an autonomous being or as a fundamentally relational being? Second, is it the individual or the community that is the starting point for politics? And finally, is ethics something that is globally shared or something fundamentally local? This book aims to be an informative and inspiring resource for researchers, students, and laypersons interested in Buddhist thought.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Ethical System of Watsuji Tetsurô
Chapter 3: Relationality vs. Singularity: Between Care Ethics and Poststructuralism
Chapter 4: Individuality vs. Community: Confronting the Liberal-Communitarian Debates
Chapter 5: Universality vs. Particularity: Local Ethics in a Global World
Chapter 6: Ethics of Emptiness: The Road from Buddhism to Aidagara
Chapter 7: Conclusion
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