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The Political Thought of Mori Arinori
A Study of Meiji Conservatism

ISBN 9781138978638
Published January 20, 2016 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

This new study of the Meiji Government's controversial Education Minister and thinker, Mori Arinori, seeks to complement Ivan P. Hall's excellent earlier biography (1973) by providing an alternative interpretation of the man and his mission, namely that he is 'overwhelmingly closer to the social evolutionist's view of social change', with a considerable debt to the writings of Spencer rather than the Utalitarian philosophy of J. S. Mill. In other words, Mori was able to develop a workable philosophy of government and administration in line with the pragmatic needs of Japanese society. The book, therefore, will contribute to a radical rethink of Japanese perceptions of the Meiji reforms seen in their own terms.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Young Mori’s Initiation into Western Studies; Chapter 3 Mori and the Japanese Enlightenment; Chapter 4 Mori, the Enlightened Statesman; Chapter 5 The Political Theory of Mori As Minister; Chapter 6 The Praxis of National Organization; Chapter 7 Conclusion;

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Alistair Swale


'It should be of interest to both specialists of Meiji Japan and those who seek a comparative analysis of social thought in nineteeth-century Europe and Japan.' - Pacific Affairs