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James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, and John C. Maraldo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835521

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835521.001.0001

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Women Philosophers

Women Philosophers

(p.1115) Women Philosophers
Japanese Philosophy
James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, John C. Maraldo
University of Hawai'i Press

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.

Keywords:   women philosophers, Japan, women's philosophy, religion, women, motherhood, women's thought, Yosano Akiko, Hiratsuka Raichō, Yamakawa Kikue

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