Today, on March 1, 1889 (Japan):
Moral philosopher, cultural and intellectual historian, WATSUJI Tesuro (和辻 哲郎) was born on this day. A native of Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, he first found an interest in Western literature and philosophy.
In the early half of 1910, he introduced Japan to the works of Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche; however in 1918 he changed and re-focused his energies on what made “Japan” distinct. Revitalizing Japanese culture, specifically the arts and Zen. He was an idol for nationalism and his theories claimed the Japanese were superior (regarding human nature and ethics). It has been stated that he regretted this byproduct of his work.
He had three main works, “History of Japanese Ethical Thought”, “Ririgaku” (Ethics), and “Fudo” (the Climate of Ethics). He died at the age of 71.
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