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Overview

The central argument of Japan and the Enemies of Open Political Science is that Eurocentric blindness is not a moral but a scientific failing. In this wide-ranging critique of Western social science, Anglo-American philosophy and French theory, Williams works on the premise that Japan is the most important political system of our time. He explains why social scientists have been so keen to ignore or denigrate Japan's achievements. If social science is to meet the needs of the 'Pacific Century', it requires a sustained act of intellectual demolition and subsequent renewal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415111300
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/15/1995
  • Pages: 368
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Japanese conventions and English usage
1 Japan and the European political canon 3
2 Where are the masters? 15
3 Positivism 51
4 Empiricism 97
5 Orientalism 140
6 Languages 157
7 Criticism 172
8 Readers 198
9 Philosophies 217
10 Thinkers 229
11 Classics 244
12 Japan and the end of political scientific marginality: the argument restated 259
Notes 274
List of works cited 300
Index 313
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