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By Richard Calichman

Showing for the 1st time in English, the writings during this assortment replicate the most cutting edge and influential paintings through jap intellectuals lately. the amount deals an extraordinary and much-needed window into the the most important principles and positions at present shaping eastern idea ( shiso).In addressing the political, old, and cultural concerns that experience ruled eastern society, those essays pass a number of disciplines, together with literary idea, philosophy, heritage, gender experiences, and cultural reviews. members learn Japan's imperialist and nationalist previous in addition to representations and remembrances of this background. additionally they critique contemporary efforts in eastern right-wing circles to erase or vague the extra troubling points of Japan's colonial firm in East Asia. different essays discover how Japan has considered itself in regard to the West and the advanced effect of Western notion on jap highbrow and political lifestyles. The volume's groundbreaking essays on problems with gender and the contested position of feminist inspiration in Japan speak about the similarities among the emotional bullying of girls who don't settle for conventional gender roles and teasing in faculties; how the japanese have followed components of Western orientalism to discredit feminism; and ancient buildings of jap motherhood. (Vol. 4/1 2007)

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20 Following the West in the construction of the image of the Orient so as to better reflect itself (what Kang refers to in the context of collective cultural and national identity as “narcissism,” or jiko tosui), Japan also went about erecting an entire network of Orientalist knowledge only to discover that the oppositionality upon which that knowledge was grounded ultimately gave way before that force of history which it had sought to repress. 21 Introduction 21 Second, the critique draws support from both history and philosophy in its attack on the notion of essence, as employed by various nation-states in the service of national ideology.

For in truth Takahashi’s critique could be easily recuperated were it to do no more than simply counter Kato’s formalism—which notion is also expressed in the language of these essays by such terms as “fundamentalism” (genrishugi) and “pure” (junsui)—with an appeal to the concreteness of historical situations. (Let us mention in passing here that while such critiques are not infrequently made against philosophy on the part of historians, they remain very much indebted to an underlying, and unexamined, empiricism).

How can we explain this unexpected turn of events? One way to do so would be to detect in Takahashi’s thought a certain kind of logic that remains yet intimately bound up with the worldliness or empiricity indicated by the term “content” (naiyo). ) to determined empirico-historical events. 46 If these first terms may be said to occupy pride of place in Takahashi’s thought, they do so only by virtue of their relation to those second terms to which they are otherwise opposed. For in truth Takahashi’s critique could be easily recuperated were it to do no more than simply counter Kato’s formalism—which notion is also expressed in the language of these essays by such terms as “fundamentalism” (genrishugi) and “pure” (junsui)—with an appeal to the concreteness of historical situations.

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