The Ethics of Watsuji Tetsuro
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Watsuji Tetsuro, the major Japanese philosopher whose influence spanned from the Pre-War to Post-War periods, received a considerable amount of foreign attention up until the 1960s. This included the attention of such notable scholars as Robert Bellah. Also, La Fleur carried out research covering the Buddhistic aspects of Watsuji's work and Dilworth produced a translation of part of Watsuji's magnum opus, Ethics.1 Yet from the 1970s on, interest in this thinker among non-Japanese waned. It may have been that the Revisionist view of Japan that became predominant since that time led to a disregard for thought considered nationalistic or narcissistic? In Watsuji's case, certain of his works, including Pilgrimage to the Ancient Temples and National Isolation: Japan's Tragedy,3 would come into that category. However, whether one wishes to criticise or defend such works, the fact remains that they are perennially popular in their land of origin and so an understanding of them is indispensable.