Tetsugaku Companion to Japanese Ethics and Technology

  • Thomas Taro LENNERFORS
  • Kiyoshi MURATA

Part of the Tetsugaku Companions to Japanese Philosophy book series (TCJP, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thomas Taro LENNERFORS, MURATA Kiyoshi
    Pages 1-20
  3. Technology from Japanese Philosophical and Ethical Viewpoints

  4. Japanese Ethics in a Technological World

  5. Thomas Taro LENNERFORS, MURATA Kiyoshi
    Pages C1-C1

About this book


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.


Cross-cultural ethics of technology Eco-ethica Energy and ethics Ethics of Technology Ethics of information and communication technology (ICT) Fukushima nuclear accident Global ethics Japanese Ethics Robot ethics Sustainability and technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Taro LENNERFORS
    • 1
  • Kiyoshi MURATA
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Engineering SciencesUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.School of Commerce and Centre for Business Information EthicsMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59025-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59027-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-2181
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-219X
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