The Topos of Mu and the Predicative Self: The Kyoto School and Western Eco-philosophy
Time: March 7, 2018 1pm – 2:15pm
Location: Gross Hall 230E (Duke University West Campus)
Abstract: Japanese Buddhism and the Japanese language de-emphasize the subjective self, so deeply rooted in the Western worldview from Pythagoras to Paul the Apostle to Paul Ricoeur. The analogue to the predicative self in contemporary eco-philosophy is a relational sense of self first clearly stated by Arne Naess. The danger of the predicative/relational self is nationalism and fascism, exemplified by WATSUJI Tetsurō. The universalism of a scientific grounding of the predicative/relational self in ecology and ethology, exemplified by Aldo Leopold and IMANISHI Kinji, respectively is the antidote.
Sponsored by the Center for Comparative Philosophy and the Global Asia Initiative