The Art of Aidagara : Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Quest for an Ontology of Social Existence in Watsuji Tetsurō's Rinrigaku
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Asian Philosophy 19 (3):265-283 (2011)
This paper provides an analysis of the key term aidagara ('betweenness') in the philosophical ethics of Watsuji Tetsurō (1889-1960), in response to and in light of the recent movement in Japanese Buddhist studies known as 'Critical Buddhism'. The Critical Buddhist call for a turn away from 'topical' or intuitionist thinking and towards (properly Buddhist) 'critical' thinking, while problematic in its bipolarity, raises the important issue of the place of 'reason' vs 'intuition' in Japanese Buddhist ethics. In this paper, a comparison of Watsuji's 'ontological quest' with that of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), Watsuji's primary Western source and foil, is followed by an evaluation of a corresponding search for an 'ontology of social existence' undertaken by Tanabe Hajime (1885-1962). Ultimately, the philosophico-religious writings of Watsuji Tetsurō allow for the 'return' of aesthesis as a modality of social being that is truly dimensionalized, and thus falls prey neither to the verticality of topicalism nor the limiting objectivity of criticalism
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
G. H. Mead (forthcoming). Mind, Self and Society. Chicago, Il.
David M. Rasmussen, Jurgen Habermas, Christian Lenhardt & Shierry Weber Nicholsen (1993). Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action. Philosophical Quarterly 43 (173):571.
Immanuel Kant (1790/2005). Critique of Judgment. Barnes & Noble Books.
Ronald W. Hepburn, Martin Heidegger, John Macquarrie & Edward Robinson (1964). Being and Time. Philosophical Quarterly 14 (56):276.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Isamu Nagami (1981). The Ontological Foundation in Tetsurō Watsuji's Philosophy: Kū and Human Existence. Philosophy East and West 31 (3):279-296.
David A. Dilworth, V. H. Viglielmo & Agustín Jacinto Zavala (eds.) (1998). Sourcebook for Modern Japanese Philosophy: Selected Documents. Greenwood Press.
Steve Odin (1992). The Social Self in Japanese Philosophy and American Pragmatism: A Comparative Study of Watsuji Tetsurō and George Herbert Mead. Philosophy East and West 42 (3):475-501.
David Dilworth (1974). Watsuji Tetsurō (1889-1960): Cultural Phenomenologist and Ethician. Philosophy East and West 24 (1):3-22.
Leah Kalmanson (2010). Levinas in Japan: The Ethics of Alterity and the Philosophy of No-Self. Continental Philosophy Review 43 (2):193-206.
William R. LaFleur (2001). Reasons for the Rubble: Watsuji Tetsuro's Position in Japan's Postwar Debate About Rationality. Philosophy East and West 51 (1):1-25.
Bernard Bernier (2006). National Communion: Watsuji Tetsuro's Conception of Ethics, Power, and the Japanese Imperial State. Philosophy East and West 56 (1):84-105.
William R. Lafleur (1978). Buddhist Emptiness in the Ethics and Aesthetics of Watsuji Tetsurō. Religious Studies 14 (2):237 - 250.
Joel Krueger (2013). Watsuji's Phenomenology of Embodiment and Social Space. Philosophy East and West 63 (2):127-152.
Bruce B. Janz (2011). Watsuji Tetsuro, Fudo, and Climate Change. Journal of Global Ethics 7 (2):173 - 184.
Added to index2010-07-27
Total downloads20 ( #139,887 of 1,725,632 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #349,437 of 1,725,632 )
How can I increase my downloads?