Japanese Environmental Philosophy is an anthology that responds to the environmental problems of the 21st century by drawing from Japanese philosophical traditions to investigate our relationships with other humans, nonhuman animals, and the environment. It contains chapters from fifteen top scholars from Japan, the United States, and Europe. The essays cover a broad range of Japanese thought, including Zen Buddhism, Shintoism, the Kyoto School, Japanese art and aesthetics, and traditional Japanese culture.
Foreword: Back to the Future? by Carl B. Becker
Introduction by J. Baird Callicott and James McRae
Section I: Nature in the Japanese Tradition of Thought
1. Thinking the Ambient: On the Possibility of Shizengaku (Naturing Science) by Augustin Berque
2. Pure Land Ecology: Taking the Supernatural Seriously in Environmental Philosophy by Leah Kalmanson
3. From Kysei to Kyei: Symbiotic Flourishing in Japanese Environmental Ethics by James McRae
Section II: Human Nature and the Environment
1. Kakai And Dogen as Exemplars of Ecological Engagement by Graham Parkes
2. Sensation, Betweenness, Rhythms: Watsuji's Environmental Philosophy and Ethics in Conversation with Heidegger by Inutsuka Yu
3. Climate Change as Existentialist Threat: Watsuji, Greimas, and the Nature of Opposites by Steve Bein
Section III: Environmental Aesthetics
1. Whitehead's Perspectivism as a Basis for Environmental Ethics & Aesthetics:A Process View on the Japanese Concept of Nature by Steve Odin
2. Japanese Gardens: The Art of Improving Nature by Yuriko Saito
3. KukI Shizo and Platonism: Nature, Love, and Morality by Yamauchi Tomosaburo
Section IV: Nature and Japanese Culture
1. Recollecting Local Narratives for the Land Ethic by Toyoda Mitsuyo
2. Recognizing the Crucial Role of Culture in Japanese Environmental Philosophy by Midori Kagawa-Fox
3. Kagura: Embodying Environmental Philosophy in the Japanese Performing Arts by Goda Hiroko
Section V: Natural Disasters
1. Disaster Prevention as an Issue in Environmental Ethics by Takahashi Takao
2. Non-Dualism after Fukushima? Tracing D?gen's Teaching vis-à-vis Nuclear Disaster by Masato Ishida
3. Planetary Philosophy and Social Consensus Building by Kuwako Toshio
Afterword by J. Baird Callicott
J. Baird Callicott is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy and author or editor of a score of books and author of dozens of journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters in environmental philosophy and ethics. Callicott has served the International Society for Environmental Ethics as President, Yale University as Bioethicist-in-Residence, and the National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center as Visiting Senior Research Scientist (funded by the National Science Foundation). His most recent book is Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic (2013).
James McRae serves as Vice-Chair of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Asian Philosophy and Religion at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. His publications include the books Environmental Philosophy in Asian Traditions of Thought (with J. Baird Callicott, SUNY Press, 2014) and The Philosophy of Ang Lee (with Robert Arp and Adam Barkman, University Press of Kentucky, 2013).
"It is, to my knowledge, one of the most (if not the most) comprehensive collections dealing with environmental philosophy in Japan [...] it is abundant in ideas, hints, and clues that can help us develop a new frame of mind to help us deal with contemporary environmental problems. Secondly, it is structured upon the premise that "philosophy" should not be understood in a narrow sense (e.g., the Graeco-European tradition), but broadly as the practice of thinking about the world [...] it is clear from their inclusion of thinkers as diverse as Dogen and Kukai, Watsuji and Imanishi that their stance on philosophy is very open and inclusive."
– Roman Pasca, H-Net