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Watsuji Tetsuro’s Rinrigaku - Ethics in Japan

By Watsuji Tetsuro. Translated by Yamamoto Seisaku and Robert E. Carter. With an Introduction and Interpretive Essay by Robert E. Carter.
Tetsuro Watsuji (Watsuji Tetsur¨­) (March 1, 1889, December 26, 1960) was a Japanese moral philosopher, cultural historian, and intellectual historian. Robert Carter is Professor of Philosophy at Trent University. Yamamoto Seisaku teaches at the Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Osaka, Japan. - State University of New York Press, 1996

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

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