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Climate and culture: A philosophical study

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TETSURO WATSUJI (1889-1960) held the Chair of Ethics in the Department of Literature at Kyoto University and was widely known for his work on ethics and morality. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Hokuseido Press (1961)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007KESD8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,068,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Watsuji's trip to Europe was contemporary with the publication of Heidigger's DASEIN("TIME AND BEING"), and his CLIMATE is in response to that book. His is a non-Western (and therefore still timely) perspective on Western globalizing philosophies, and this first book of cultural philosophy is a precursor to a long career which is virtually unavailable to the non-Japanese speaker (scandalously, only about a third of his three-volume ETHICS, the RINRIGAKU, is available in English). CLIMATE was not revised in later life, so there are some flaws and flat-out errors for the student of culture, but it's valuable nonetheless for its non-Western perspective and original, phenomenological thinking about how "climate" (not the natural world but how the natural world affects the person and society) produces markedly different societies. Considering Watsuji's reputation in Japan, I am surprised that more of his mature work is unavailable in English; but this is a good place to start, continuing on to the RINRIGAKU for a more mature consideration of these topics.
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Plese let me say first, I am a Japanese researcher of dance therapy. When I think the differences of concept of body and mind between the United States and Japan, I always feel our traditional recognition for human being is really wonderful. Basically we take it granted for that our being and thought are effected by nature. Watsuji's idea on this book is mainly described about this concept. Climate is our fundamanetal suroundings. Climate leads us to create our own culture. This is human being who lives in this earth. I really hope to read in English feeling the difference of the expression between English and Japanese.
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