Publication of the article by Professor Kosuke Shimizu and Associate Professor Sei Noro
The article titled“An East Asian approach to temporality, subjectivity and ethics: bringing Mahāyāna Buddhist ontological ethics of Nikon into international relations”(Cambridge Review of International Affairs) was published by Kosuke Shimizu and Sei Noro from Ryukoku University and the Global Affairs Research Center (GARC).
Cambridge Review of International Affairs
“An East Asian approach to temporality, subjectivity and ethics: bringing Mahāyāna Buddhist ontological ethics of Nikon into international relations”
Professor Kosuke Shimizu (Faculty of International Studies)
Associate Professor Sei Noro(Faculty of Letters)
While the theory of the Chinese School of International Relations (CSIR) has contributed new dimensions to IR such as the concept of relationality into theorisation practice, it also faces the same pitfalls as the schools of thought that precede it: it pays insufficient attention to the relationship between ethics and subjectivity despite its repetitive use of such concepts as ‘morality’ in its articulation of contemporary world affairs and insufficient attention to the ethical dimension of IR that makes this approach prone to dismissing the voices of ‘others’. This ethical problem in CSIR emanates from inadequate consideration of temporality and its relation to ethics. However, introducing the present, or Nikon (而今), an Asian-originating case of temporality based on the Mahāyāna Buddhist ontological ethics, illustrates how this manifestation of Buddhist temporality offers solutions to mitigate the ethical drawback of the Chinese School discourses.