Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan
Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan
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Preface - Shaun O’Dwyer

Introduction - Shaun O’Dwyer
1 Reinterpreting Matsumiya Kanzan: On the Interval between State Shint. and the Idea of the Three Religions - Song Qi (Translated by Ruth and John McCreery)
2 The Confucian Classics in the Political Thought of Sakuma Sh.zan - Han Shuting (Translated by Ruth and John McCreery)
3 The Confucian Traits Featuring in the Meiroku Zasshi - Lee Yu-Ting
4 The Invention of "Chinese Philosophy": How Did the Classics Take Root in Japan’s First Modern University? - Mizuno Hirota (Translated by Ruth and John McCreery)
5 Inoue Tetsujiro and Modern Yangming Learning in Japan - Yamamura Sho (Translated by Ruth and John McCreery)
6 Kokumin Dotoku for Women: Shimoda Utako in the Taisho Era - Masako N Racel
7 Modern Contextual Turns from "The Kingly Way" to "The Imperial Way" - Chang Kun-chiang (Translated by Ruth and John McCreery)
8 The Discourse on Imperial Way Confucian Thought: The Link between Daito Bunka Gakuin and Chos.n Gyunghakwon - Kang Haesoo (Translated by Ruth and John McCreery)
9 The Image of the Kingly Way during the War: Focusing on Takada Shinji’s Imperial Way Discourse - Park Junhyun (Translated by Ruth and John McCreery)
10 Watsuji Tetsuro’s Confucian Bonds: From Totalitarianism to New Confucianism - Kyle Michael James Shuttleworth
11 Thinking about Confucianism and Modernity in the Early Postwar Period: Watsuji Tetsuro’s The History of Ethical Thought in Japan - Alexandra Mustatea
12 Yasuoka Masahiro and the Survival of Confucianism in Postwar Japan, 1945–1983 - Eddy Dufourmont
13 Universalizing "Kingly Way" Confucianism: A Japanese Legacy and Chinese Future? - Jiang Dongxian and Shaun O’Dwyer


Reviews and Features

"[...] Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan unquestionably stands as the newest must-read for those seriously interested in more than the old clichés about Confucianism being at best irrelevant for and at worst, antithetical to Japanese modernity. The essays presented, erudite and innovative, collectively advance a decidedly new wave in scholarship on Japanese Confucianism. Hopefully the multiple voices raised in Handbook will continue to contribute to well balanced discussions regarding the multifaceted legacies of Confucianism in modern Japan and beyond."
- John A. Tucker, International Journal of Asian Studies, June 2022

Shaun O'Dwyer (ed.)

Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan

In mainstream assessments of Confucianism’s modern genealogy there is a Sinocentric bias which is, in part, the result of a general neglect of modern Japanese Confucianism by political and moral philosophers and intellectual historians during the post-war era. This collection of essays joins a small group of other studies bringing modern Japanese Confucianism to international scholarly notice, largely covering the time period between the Bakumatsu era of the mid-19th century and the 21st century.
The essays in this volume can be read for the insight they provide into the intellectual and ideological proclivities of reformers, educators and philosophers explicitly reconstructing Confucian thought, or more tacitly influenced by it, during critical phases in Japan’s modernization, imperialist expansionism and post-1945 reconstitution as a liberal democratic polity. They can be read as introductions to the ideas of modern Japanese Confucian thinkers and reformers whose work is little known outside Japan—and sometimes barely remembered inside Japan. They can also be read as a needful corrective to the above-mentioned Sinocentric bias in the 20th century intellectual history of Confucianism. For those Confucian scholars currently exploring how Confucianism is, or can be made compatible with democracy, at least some of the studies in this volume serve as a warning. They enjoin readers to consider how Confucianism was also rendered compatible with the authoritarian ultranationalism and militarism that captured Japan’s political system in the 1930s, and brought war to the Asia-Pacific region.

Shaun O'Dwyer

Shaun O’Dwyer is an associate professor in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at Kyushu University. His research fields are in political and moral philosophy, and he has taken a keen interest in modern Confucian philosophy over the past 20 years. His last book Confucianism’s Prospects: A Reassessment was published by State University of New York Press in 2019.