A Japanese View of Nature: The World of Living Things
Although Seibutsu no Sekai (The World of Living Things), the seminal 1941 work of Kinji Imanishi, had an enormous impact in Japan, both on scholars and on the general public, very little is known about it in the English-speaking world. This book makes the complete text available in English for the first time and provides an extensive introduction and notes to set the work in context. Imanishi's work, based on a very wide knowledge of science and the natural world, puts forward a distinctive view of nature and how it should be studied. Imanishi's work is particularly important as a background to ecology, primatology and human social evolution theory in Japan. Imanishi's views on these subjects are extremely interesting because he formulated an approach to viewing nature which challenged the usual international ideas of the time, and which foreshadow approaches that have currency today.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
List of figures
Preface to the JAWS RoutledgeCurzon series
List of terms in the original index
Other editions - View all
adaptation affinity already animals appear autonomy became become beginning biology body called cell Chapter character characteristics close compared consider constitute continue course created cultural direction discussion earth emerged environment equilibrium evolution example existence explain expression extension fact fish follows fundamental growth habitat humans ideas Imanishi independence individual insects integrated interpret Japan Japanese kind Kinji Imanishi Kyoto limit living things maintain mammals matter means mutual nature nonliving things occupy organisms originally particular plants point of view possible predators present principle probably recognition recognize reflects regarded relationship reproduction reptiles result ruling class seen segregation sense separation similar simply social society space species structure and function subjective synusia synusial complex theory thought translation trees ultimately understand University variation various Western whole world of living