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Japanese Environmental Philosophy

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2017.11.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. Baird Callicott and James McRae (eds.), Japanese Environmental Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2017, 310pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190456320. Reviewed by Shigenori Nagatomo, Temple University J. Baird Callicott and James McRae have brought together fifteen scholars' views on the relation of Japanese thought to modern environmental concerns. The editors accurately portray these contents as drawing from a wide range of philosophical sources, such as Dōgen and Kūkai's Buddhist non-dualism, Kuki Shūzo's Structure of Iki [living / breathing / stylishly cool], Alfred North Whitehead's process perspectivism, the business ethics of kyōsei [co-habitation], and even the structure of Japanese language itself. However, Carl C. Becker's forward, in which he describes generational changes in how modern Japan lives nature, pulls on the strongest thread running through most of these chapters: the natural. . .

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