An Outline Of A Theory Of Civilization

An Outline Of A Theory Of Civilization

by Yukichi Fukuzawa
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231150725

ISBN-13: 9780231150729

Pub. Date: 09/11/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Yukichi Fukuzawa rose from low samurai origins to become one of the finest intellectuals and social thinkers of modern Japan. Through his best-selling works, he helped transform an isolated feudal nation into a full-fledged international force.

In Outline of a Theory of Civilization, the author's most sustained philosophical text, Fukuzawa translates and

Overview

Yukichi Fukuzawa rose from low samurai origins to become one of the finest intellectuals and social thinkers of modern Japan. Through his best-selling works, he helped transform an isolated feudal nation into a full-fledged international force.

In Outline of a Theory of Civilization, the author's most sustained philosophical text, Fukuzawa translates and adapts a range of Western works for a Japanese audience, establishing the social, cultural, and political avenues through which Japan could connect with other countries. Echoing the ideas of Western contemporaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, Fukuzawa encouraged a grassroots elevation of the individual and national spirit, as well as free initiative in the private domain. Fukuzawa's bold project articulated thoughts that, for him, bolstered the material evidence of Western civilization. He argued that the essential difference separating Western countries from Japan and Asia was the extent to which citizens acted like free and responsible individuals.

This careful new translation, accompanied by a comprehensive critical introduction, highlights the truly transnational aspects of Outline of a Theory of Civilization and its status as a foundational text of modern Japanese civilization. Approaching Fukuzawa's progressive thought with a fresh eye, these scholars elucidate the monumental and peerless quality of his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231150729
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/11/2009
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Translators' New Foreword And Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Inoki Takenori xiii

A Note on the Text xxvii

Preface 1

Chapter 1 Establishing a Basis of Argumentation 7

Chapter 2 Western Civilization as Our Goal 17

Chapter 3 The Essence of Civilization 45

Chapter 4 The Knowledge and Virtue of the People of a Country 59

Chapter 5 A Continuation of the Preceding Chapter 81

Chapter 6 The Distinction between Knowledge and Virtue 99

Chapter 7 The Proper Times and Places for Knowledge and Virtue 139

Chapter 8 The Origins of Western Civilization 161

Chapter 9 The Origins of Japanese Civilization 175

Chapter 10 A Discussion of Our National Independence 225

Appendix Chronology of Japanese history, with special reference to Fukuzawa Yukichi and An Outline of a Theory of Civilization 261

FukuzawaYukichi: Some Representative Writings 264

Further Reading 264

Index 267

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