Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Sue Fawn Chung
Number of Pages
This study will examine one of the greatest modern Japanese philosophers, Watsuji Tetsuro. In a long and prodigious life Watsuji produced some of the most insightful works now extant in ethics, cultural identity, and intellectual history. This work will explicate two pillars of Watsuji's philosophy: the source of authentic Japanese identity and the primacy of human relationships within that authenticity. This study will also uncover the conjunctures between history and thought that sparked the developments and transformations in Watsuji's philosophy. More importantly, it will attempt to free Watsuji's theories from telelogical approaches that have utilized the war, erroneously conflating Watsuji's politics with his philosophy, as the ultimate trajectory for any analyses, and will endeavor to free Watsuji's thought from Westerncentric normative judgments and subsequent approaches.
Cultural; Dynamics; Historical; Japan; Phenomenology; Philosophical Tetsuro; Watsuji
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Weir, Edgar Allan, "The philosophical and historical dynamics of Watsuji Tetsuro's cultural phenomenology" (2000). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1305.