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This book explores the relevance of Japanese ethics for the field of ethics of technology. It covers the theories of Japanese ethicists such as Nishida Kitarō, Watsuji Tetsurō, Imamichi Tomonobu, Yuasa Yasuo, as well as more contemporary ethicists, and explores their relevance for the analysis of energy technologies, ICT, robots, and geoengineering. It features contributions from Japanese scholars, and international scholars who have applied Japanese ethics to problems in the global condition.
Technological development is considered to cause new ethical issues, such as genetically modified organisms fostering monocultures, nanotechnologies causing issues of privacy, as well as health and environmental issues, robotics raising issues about the meaning of humanity, and the risks of nuclear power, as witnessed in the Fukushima disaster. At the same time, technology embodies a hope for mankind, such as ICT improving relationships between human beings and nature, and smart systems assisting humans in leading a more ethical and environmentally friendly life. This book explores these ethical issues and their impact from a Japanese perspective.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction (editors).- Part I. Japanese ethics of technology.- Chapter 2. Masato SHIRAI. Technology, artificiality, and human beings in later Nishida philosophy.- Chapter 3. Ryoko ASAI. Technology as a Mask.- Chapter 4. Kevin LAM. Ethics for magicians: On Shimomura Torataro’s philosophy of technology.- Chapter 5. Yasuo DEGUCHI. Ethics of Emptiness in the technological age.- Chapter 6. Maki SATO. Nature as an Organic Mandala – Implications for the Introduction of Geoengineering.- Part II. The reception of Japanese ethics of technology in the West.- Chapter 7. Mikael LAAKSOHARJU. Ethics for Techies.- Chapter 8. Rickard GRASSMAN. 'Animating Binaries: Zen elements in Japanese discourse and its impact on technological change’.- Chapter 9. Per FORS. Sustainable ICT: Tools from the technology-mediated sphere for ecological sustainability.- Chapter 10. Thomas Taro LENNERFORS. Anthropotechnics and self-cultivation: Sloterdijk meets Yuasa Chapter 11. Iordanis KAVATHATZOPOULOS. Inter-cultural design and use of robots.- Part III. The impact of Fukushima for Japanese ethics of technology.- Chapter 12. Takashi MAJIMA, From “Green” to “Smart”: The impact of Fukushima on "Green IT" in Japan.- Chapter 13. Ching-yuen CHEUNG. Reading Tanaka Shozo after Fukushima.- Chapter 14. Saeko KIMURA. How to write the invisible: thinking uncanny fear of radiation.