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Resisting Civilizational Hierarchies: The Ethics of Spirit and the Spirit of the People

Richard M Reitan

in Making a Moral Society: Ethics and the State in Meiji Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832940
eISBN:
9780824870591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832940.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the shift in moral discourse from one dominated by utilitarianism and evolutionary naturalism to a moral philosophy of spirit as part of an effort to resist the hierarchies of ... More


The Early Bushidō Boom, 1894–1905

Oleg Benesch

in Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushidō in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198706625
eISBN:
9780191778476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706625.003.0004
Subject:
History, Military History

This chapter examines the ‘bushidō boom’ that began soon after the Sino-Japanese War, and traces its development through the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905. Many currents of Japanese thought became ... More


Approaching the Moral Ideal: National Morality, the State, and “Dangerous Thought”

Richard M Reitan

in Making a Moral Society: Ethics and the State in Meiji Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832940
eISBN:
9780824870591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832940.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the national morality movement (kokumin dōtoku), a state-sponsored articulation of a “unique Japanese morality,” and its opposition to the so-called “dangerous thought.” ... More


The Buddha as Character

Micah L. Auerback

in A Storied Sage: Canon and Creation in the Making of a Japanese Buddha

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226286389
eISBN:
9780226286419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226286419.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

After the Meiji Restoration, Japanese Buddhist intellectuals confronted writings by such Christian missionaries as Joseph Edkins, and such Japanese converts to Christianity as Takahashi Goro, which ... More


Evolution, Individuals, and the Kokutai

G. Clinton Godart

in Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine: Evolutionary Theory and Religion in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780824858513
eISBN:
9780824873639
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824858513.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

The Meiji period saw the development of political tensions between evolutionary theory and the emerging kokutai ideology of the Japanese state. Kokutai ideology emerged as an unstable hybrid of ... More


Beginnings, Definitions, Disputations

James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, and John C. Maraldo (eds)

in Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835521
eISBN:
9780824870270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835521.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This section provides an overview of Modern Academic Philosophy in Japan, with particular emphasis on disputations about terminology and the beginnings of philosophy. It first looks at the ... More


Civilization and Foolishness: Contextualizing Ethics in Early Meiji Japan

Richard M Reitan

in Making a Moral Society: Ethics and the State in Meiji Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832940
eISBN:
9780824870591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832940.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the morality of “civilization” and that which was to be civilized—the barbaric thought and actions or more specifically, “foolishness” of the masses—in early Meiji Japan. It ... More


Making a Moral Society: Ethics and the State in Meiji Japan

Richard M Reitan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832940
eISBN:
9780824870591
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832940.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This innovative study of ethics in Meiji Japan (1868–1912) explores the intense struggle to define a common morality for the emerging nation-state. In the Social Darwinist atmosphere of the time, the ... More


Confucian Traditions

James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, and John C. Maraldo (eds)

in Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835521
eISBN:
9780824870270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835521.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This section provides an overview of the Confucian traditions, with particular emphasis on their philosophical significance. It begins by discussing the role of Inoue Tetsujirō (1855–1944), the first ... More


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