Takeshi Morisato
University of Edinburgh
Cody Staton
Kennesaw State University
This article introduces English translations of Tanabe’s two essays entitled “Moral Freedom” and “On Moral Freedom Revisited.” In these essays, Tanabe tries to understand the unity of the contradictory division between freedom and necessity, while remaining truthful to the moral experience. Freedom is ultimately characterized as ideality that we ought to realize in reality, while the stage of religion constitutes the ultimate end of such moral struggles. Tanabe does not clearly work out how the continuity of the freedom-necessity discontinuity is possible in these essays. Nevertheless, we can gain insight into the early stages of Tanabe’s practical metaphysics that culminate in his mature works on the philosophy of religion. The translators’ introduction will highlight these points and also provide a brief description of the historical background in which the publication of these texts took place in 1917.
Keywords Tanabe Hajime   Kyoto school   moral freedom   on moral freedom revisited   akunin-jōbutsu   Kant’s ethics   pure land buddhism   Shinran   Kant
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DOI 10.1080/17570638.2016.1200315
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