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  1. A Critical Recuperation of Watsuji’s Rinrigaku.Aleardo Zanghellini & Mai Sato - 2020 - Philosophia 49 (3):1289-1307.
    Watsuji is recognised as one Japan’s foremost philosophers. His work on ethics, Rinrigaku, is cosmopolitan in engaging the Western philosophical tradition, and in presupposing an international audience. Yet Watsuji’s ethical thought is largely of niche interest outside Japan, and it is critiqued on the ground that it ratifies totalitarianism, demanding individuals’ unquestioning subordination to communal demands. We offer a reading of Rinrigaku that, in attempting to trace the text’s intention, disputes these arguments. We argue that Rinrigaku makes individual autonomy central (...)
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  • On the Idea of Person and the Japanese Notion of Ningen and its Relation to Organ Transplantation.Enric Huguet Cañamero - 2019 - The New Bioethics 25 (2):185-198.
    It is not possible to talk about bioethics without recognizing the plurality inherent in it. In this sense, the notion of person is important due to its multiplicity of possible interpretations depending on its cultural context. This fact is highlighted in the case of organ transplantation in Japan. While there are many critiques against this procedure from scholars in various fields, those that deal with the problem of brain death are especially problematic. This is because the definition of person that (...)
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