Compassion as Our Origins: Examining a Kyoto School Approach

Conference: The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP2022)
Title: Compassion as Our Origins: Examining a Kyoto School Approach
Stream: Philosophy - Philosophy and Religion
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Nanae Fukui, Graduate school of Education, Kyoto University, Japan


Rapid advancement in science and technology has not only brought us accessibility and comfort, but also serious environmental problems and issues resulting from close interactions of people with different modes of thinking. Thus, suffering and conflicts are, in many ways, no longer confined to distant parts of the globe. As such, recently there have been on-going attempts to develop new approaches to philosophy focusing on compassion while nurturing awareness about our interdependent mode of existence. To that end, this article focuses primarily on recent writings on compassion by Ohashi Ryosuke, a contemporary Japanese philosopher in the tradition of the Kyoto School. This paper seeks to accomplish the following:(1)elucidates the inner workings of pathos of coexistence that Ohashi develops at the concept of "emptiness", and (2)attempts to critically examine a view of emptiness by which Ohashi's compassion is supported, discerning its possibilities and limitations.

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