Concretizing an ethics of emptiness: The succeeding volumes of watsuji tetsuros ethics

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Watsuji Tetsurôs Ethics is one of the most important works in Japanese ethical thought. But scholarly research in English has largely focused on the first of three volumes of Ethics, leaving the latter two oft-neglected. In order to balance out the views of Watsujis ethics, this paper focuses on the contributions of the second and third volumes of Ethics. These volumes are essential for any concrete understanding of Watsujis ethics of emptiness. The second volume develops the ideas of the first, particularly how the dual-structure (individuality and communality) is concretely realized through the various stages of ethical organization (family, local community, economy, nation, and state). The third volume develops the notions of space and time from the first volume into a theory of climate (fûdo) and history. By analyzing these, we can understand Watsujis system as a whole and clarify Watsujis unique contribution to ethical theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-101
Number of pages20
JournalAsian Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Religious studies


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