What is it about?

Martial arts have genuine philosophical value. Northeastern martial arts are a medium of "embodied morality." They combine moral traditions of virtue ethics and deontology through embodied practices.

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Why is it important?

There is a distinction between verbal (Western philosophy) and embodied (North-eastern martial arts) approaches to morality. Martial arts are embedded within a corporeal moral philosophy that synthesizes virtue ethics and deontology.


The moral philosophy of martial arts is a dynamic interplay between cultivating virtues as the foundation of practice and non-violence as a core precept guiding human behaviour.

Dr Alexander Svitych
National University of Singapore

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This page is a summary of: Northeast Asian Modern Martial Arts: An Embodied Synthesis of Virtue Ethics and Deontology, The International Journal of the History of Sport, April 2021, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2021.1887143.
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