Thursday, August 01, 2019
In Tricycle Matthew Abrahams reviews David W. Johnson's Watsuji on Nature: Japanese Philosophy in the Wake of Heidegger.
Watsuji saw how Dasein returned us to a meaningful and lived-in world, but, according to Johnson’s reading of Fudo, Heidegger’s formulation suffered from a Western bias toward individualism. Watsuji claims that Heidegger failed to sufficiently account for the primarily social nature of Dasein (or, for Watsuji, of sonzan ningen, “human being”) and that the German philosopher did not recognize the importance of the spaces that we inhabit.
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