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Japanese and Russian Philosophies: A Comparative Study

Author(s): Thorsten Botz-Bornstein

Journal: Philosophical Frontiers : A Journal of Emerging Thought
ISSN 1758-1532

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 69;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Russian | Japanese | Faith | Reaso | Secularism | Personalism | Intuition

Russia and Japan are not only successful reformers but also the first‘non-western’ countries that develop a philosophy – in the ‘western’ sense – of theirown and on a larger scale. Still it seems that, in spite of this striking parallel, nocomparative research has been done on these two philosophical traditions. Theobjective of the study is to sketch the cultural similarities between both countries byconcentrating on their philosophies and on some decisive stances in theirintellectual history. I then look at some Common Themes of Russian and Japanese Thought. Both Japanese and Russian philosophies are engaged in the analysis of the relationship between faith and reason as well as in the critique of secularism. Concepts like ‘organicity,’ ‘person,’ and ‘totality’ are central in both traditions. Among the most popular philosophical themes discussed are reflections on the problem of personalism and philosophical developments of ‘intuition.’
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