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和辻哲郎 Watsuji Tetsurō (1889–1960)


Watsuji Tetsurō
by Robert E. Carter
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy



Watsuji's Works

Watsuji Tetsurō, 1992, Watsuji Tetsurō Zenshū (Complete Works of Watsuji Tetsurō), 27 vols., Abe Yoshishigo et al., Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten.

English Translations of Watsuji's Work



The Kyoto School
by Robert E. Carter  
Foreword by Thomas P. Kasulis  
SUNY Press, 2013

This book provides a much-needed introduction to the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy. Robert E. Carter focuses on four influential Japanese philosophers: the three most important members of the Kyoto School (Nishida Kitarō, Tanabe Hajime, and Nishitani Keiji), and a fourth (Watsuji Tetsurō), who was, at most, an associate member of the school. Each of these thinkers wrestled systematically with the Eastern idea of “nothingness,” albeit from very different perspectives.

Robert E. Carter is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Trent University in Canada. His many books include   The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation   and   Encounter with Enlightenment: A Study of Japanese Ethics,   both also published by SUNY Press.

Chapter 4. Watsuji Tetsurō (1889–1960)

Life and Career
Climate and Culture
Ethics as the Study of Man
Double Negation
The Importance of Relationships
The Confucian Background
In the Betweeness
Kokoro   and   Aidagara
Watsuji and Nothingness
Back to the Everyday World
The Importance of the Body


Fudo: An East Asian Notion of Climate and Sustainability
by Jin Baek

PDF: The Philosophy of As-If: The Ethics of Watsuji Tetsuro
by Jeffrey Wu
Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs, Spring 2001, Vol. I.