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dc.titleUniversal Morality in Japanese Tradition
dc.contributor.authorRYOKO KITASAKA
dc.identifier.citationRYOKO KITASAKA (2009-12-08). Universal Morality in Japanese Tradition. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis analyses the tension persisting in the debate on moral universalism versus cultural particularism by reassessing two common assumptions: 1) that traditions are either universal or particular, and 2) that persuasion is the appropriate method of cross-cultural conversation. Examining Japan?s Shinto, a seemingly particularist creed, I argue against the first assumption: Shinto displays both particular and universal perspectives. This in turn suggests the plurality of universal moralities across traditions. Henceforth I move onto the second assumption: how to recognize one another?s moral principles. Although embracing universal elements, Shinto ideas constitute particular backgrounds with specific ideals. Moreover, Shinto?s moral teaching begins with individual morality. Therefore, I argue that one should recognize Shinto morality voluntarily rather than as a result of persuasion. Reconsidering the universalist/particularist debate, this thesis aims to broaden one?s view on other people?s traditions.
dc.subjectmoral universalism, cultural particularism, tradition, morality, Shinto, Japan
dc.contributor.departmentPOLITICAL SCIENCE
dc.contributor.supervisorNARDIN, TERRY WARREN
dc.description.degreeconferredMASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
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