The Political Thought of Mori Arinori: A Study in Meiji Conservatism

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Political Science - 249 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Young Moris Initiation into Western Studies
22
Mori and the Japanese Enlightenment
48
Mori the Enlightened Statesman
82
The Political Theory of Mori as Minister
113
The Praxis of National Organization
143
Conclusion
175
Mori Spencer and Social Evolutionism
188
Notes
220
Bibliography
241
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