Rawls in Japan: A Brief Sketch of the Reception of John Rawls' Philosophy

Philosophy East and West 64 (4):887-901 (2014)
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Why is John Rawls less popular than other philosophers in Japan? In what follows, I explain how Rawls’ philosophy has been received in Japan, especially in relation to Japanese culture, politics, and economy. After giving an overview of the framework of Rawls’ philosophical view, I outline the background of the reception of Western philosophy in Japan . Then, I proceed to explain the reason why the early reception of Rawls’ work in Japan was mainly started not by ethicists and philosophers but by economists and jurists . I discuss the first Japanese translation of A Theory of Justice , the publication of ..



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Satoshi Fukuma
Takasaki City University of Economics

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