What Is Modernity?: Writings of Takeuchi Yoshimi
Regarded as one of the foremost thinkers in postwar Japan, Takeuchi Yoshimi (1910-1977) questioned traditional Japanese thought and radically reconfigured an understanding of the subject's relationship to the world. His works were also central in drawing Japanese attention to the problems inherent in western colonialism and to the cultural importance of Asia, especially China. Takeuchi's writings synthesized philosophy, literature, and history, focusing not simply on Japan and the West but rather on the triangular relationship between Japan, the West, and China. This book, which represents the first appearance of Takeuchi's essays in English translation, explores Japanese modernity, literature, and nationalism as well as Chinese intellectual history.
Takeuchi's research demonstrates how Asians attempted to make sense of European modernity without sacrificing their own cultural histories. An authentic method of modernity for Asia, Takeuchi concludes, needs to stress difference and plurality as opposed to the homogenizing force of westernization.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
appears Asia Asian backward students become bungaku China Chinese literature concept consciousness course critic decadence defeat Dewey Dewey’s emerges essay ethnic nation ethnic-national Europe Europe’s European existence fact force Greater East Asian Hence H˘h˘ honor students Hu Shi ideas ideology imperialism intellectual invasion issue Japan Japanese culture Japanese literature Japanese Romantic School Japanese writers Kawakami Kindai no ch˘koku Kindai towa nanika Kobayashi Hideo Kyoto School Li Shou Literary World logic Lu Xun man’s Meiji Restoration Miyamoto Yuriko modern Japanese movement Nakamura Mitsuo nature Nihon Odagiri one’s Orient Overcoming Modernity Pacific War participants past people’s philosophy poet political postwar pragmatism proletarian literature movement question reading rejected relation represents resistance revolution scholar seen sense simply slave social spirit symposium Tagore takes place Takeuchi Yoshimi Takeuchi Yoshimizenshű tenk˘ things thinking thought tion Tokyo tradition translator ture understanding University West western words world history Xun’s Yasuda Yojűr˘