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Defending Japan's Pacific war : the Kyoto School Philosophers and post-white power

Author: David Williams
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Often wrongly accused of being fascists, the wartime Kyoto philosophers were among the first non-White thinkers to brood on the secrets of effective national action. They believed, with Marx, that the point of philosophy is to change the world. They exploited a sophisticated idea of history, borrowed partly from Ranke, partly from Hegel, to develop a Japanese understanding of rational self-mastery. This is the
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Williams
ISBN: 0415323142 9780415323147 0415323150 9780415323154 9780203342831 0203342836
OCLC Number: 54778518
Description: xxvi, 238 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Rise and fall: 1. Roman questions: American empire and the Kyoto school --
2. Revisionism and the end of white America in Japan studies --
The decay of Pacific war orthodoxy: 3. Philosophy and the Pacific war, Imperial Japan and the making of a post-white world --
4. Scholarship or propaganda, Neo-Marxism and the decay of Pacific war orthodoxy --
5. Wartime Japan as it really was, The Kyoto school's struggle against Tojo, 1941-44 --
In defence of the kyoto school: 6. Taking Kyoto philosophy seriously --
7. Racism and the black legend of the Kyoto school --
Translating Tanabe's the logic of the species: 8. When is a philosopher a moral monster?, Tanabe versus Heidegger versus Marcuse --
Nazism and the crises of the Kyoto school : 9. Heidegger, Nazism and the farmas affair --
The European origins of the Kyoto school crises: 10. Heidegger and the wartime Kyoto school --
After farmas, the first paradigm crisis (1987-1996): 11. Nazism is no excuse, after farmas- the allied Gaze and the second crisis (1997-2002) --
After america, philosophy: 12. Nothing shall be spared, a manifesto on the future of Japan studies.
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