Ethics Embodied: Rethinking Selfhood through Continental, Japanese, and Feminist Philosophies

Ethics Embodied: Rethinking Selfhood through Continental, Japanese, and Feminist Philosophies


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While the body has been largely neglected in much of traditional Western philosophy, there is a rich tradition of Japanese philosophy in which this is not the case. Ethics Embodied explains how Japanese philosophy includes the body as an integral part of selfhood and ethics and shows how it provides an alternative and challenge to the traditional Western philosophical view of self and ethics. Through a comparative feminist approach, the book articulates the striking similarities that exist between certain strands of Japanese philosophy and feminist philosophy concerning selfhood, ethics and the body. Despite the similarities, McCarthy argues that there are significant differences between these philosophies and that each reveals important limitations of the other. Thus, the book urges a view of ethical embodied selfhood that goes beyond where each of these views leaves us when considered in isolation. With keen analysis and constructive comparison, this book will be accessible for students and scholars familiar with the Western philosophical tradition, while still adding a more global perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739120507
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 11/16/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 6.15(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Erin McCarthy is associate professor of philosophy at St. Lawrence University and a member of the board of directors of ASIANetwork.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - An Introduction Part 2 Part 1 - A Heuristic Framework Part 3 Part 2 - Outline of the Book Chapter 4 Chapter 2 - Towards a New Ethical Framework: Watsuji in Dialogue with the West Part 5 Part 1 - Ethics and the Human Being as Ningen Part 6 Part 2 - Heidegger: the Solitary Self Part 7 Part 3 - Husserl: Moving Towards a Relational Self Chapter 8 Chapter 3 - The Embodied Self Part 9 Part 1 - Husserl and the Body Part 10 Part 2 - Body East and West Part 11 Part 3 - Ningen, Ethics, and the Body Part 12 Part 4 - Yuasa's Theory of the Body Chapter 13 Chapter 4 - Towards an Embodied Ethics of Care Part 14 Part 1 - Care Ethics: East and West Part 15 Part 2 - Care Ethics and the Body Part 16 Part 3 - Reciprocity Part 17 Part 4 - Global Care Ethics Chapter 18 Chapter 5 - Body, Self and Ethics: Watsuji and Irigaray Part 19 Part 1 - Subjects in Betweenness Part 20 Part 2 - Bodies in Betweenness Part 21 Part 3 - Between and Beyond Watsuji and Irigaray Chapter 22 Chapter 6 - Conclusion

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James W. Heisig

McCarthy writes with a clarity that shows how deeply she has thought about, and cared about, the encounter of Western feminist thinking with Japanese philosophy. Not only has she made difficult texts accessible to the general reader, she has succeeded inmaking them relevant to an important range of contemporary ethical questions. This little book represents yet another landmark in the opening of Western philosophy to the remarkable insight of an intellectual tradition whose contributions to discussions of the body are irreplaceable...

Alison Stone

A fascinating study of some important intersections between phenomenology, modern Japanese philosophy, and contemporary feminist ethics. By bringing these streams of thought together to re-assess embodiment and its significance for ethics, McCarthy simultaneously develops a novel form of cross-cultural feminist philosophy....

Robert Carter

Ethics Embodied is, as the author notes, an introduction, but it also attempts to carve out a new approach to ethics and offers as well a re-thinking of what is essential in teaching at all levels. As an introduction, it succeeds admirably and should create considerable excitement in the minds and bodies of readers....

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