This section provides an overview of women philosophers in Japan. It begins with a discussion of the beginnings and development of women's philosophy in modern Japan before considering how various religions such as Buddhism and Christianity treat women. It then examines issues concerning motherhood and the female body, along with gender as a philosophical category. It also explores the general place of femininity in Japanese culture, how modernization affected the reversibility of gender relations in Japan, and the place of “women's thought” in the modern intellectual history of Japan. Finally, it looks at three Japanese women's philosophers and their works: Yosano Akiko, Hiratsuka Raichō, and Yamakawa Kikue.
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