Award Date

1-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Committee Member

Sue Fawn Chung

Number of Pages

129

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Cultural; Dynamics; Historical; Japan; Phenomenology; Philosophical Tetsuro; Watsuji

Controlled Subject

Philosophy

File Format

pdf

File Size

3317.76 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/lmir-omzr


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