chapter  5
12 Pages

Watsuji Tetsuro, Fudo, and climate change

ByBruce B. Janz

The question of the human relationship to climate seems to be an irreduciblymoral question (along

with, of course, a scientific one), but formulating an ethics of climatemay not be as straightforward

as it seems. This is the case because of the history of ethics in theWest, and because of the unique

nature of climate as an object and a context of ethical reflection. In this paper, I wish to consider

Watsuji Tetsuro’s concept of climate ( fudo), and consider whether it contributes anything to the

relationship between climate change and ethics. I will argue that superficially it seems that fudo

tells us little about the ethics of climate change, but if considered more carefully, and through

the lens of thinkers such as Deleuze and Heidegger, there is ethical insight inWatsuji’s approach.