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Watsuji Tetsurō (1890–1960)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G125-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Watsuji Tetsurō stands out as the leading thinker on ethics in twentieth century Japanese philosophy. He is regarded as a peripheral member of the ‘Kyoto School’ of philosophers centring around the thought of Nishida Kitarō. Like Nishida and the Kyoto School, the thought of Watsuji can be characterized by the effort to formulate a syncretic East–West philosophy developed within the framework of a Buddhist metaphysic of ‘emptiness’. At the same time, Watsuji established his own highly distinctive system of ethics. He must rank as one of the most creative and profound thinkers in modern Japanese philosophy.

Citing this article:
Odin, Steve. Watsuji Tetsurō (1890–1960), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G125-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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